Genetic Modification and Vaccines: The Bigger Picture

This article by published in Old Thinker News (http://www.oldthinkernews.com/2020/12/09/planetary-genetic-overwrite-the-big-picture-behind-covid-mrna-vaccines/) offers a useful summary of the ongoing process of hacking into natural genetic processes to “improve” and in some cases”patent” living organisms. The new mRNA vaccine is one part of this broader technological revolution/agenda.

Within 50 years we could have more life forms invented in a lab than we have ever identified in nature.” – Fidelity Investments

Along these lines, note that this week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved genetically altering pigs in order to eliminate “a certain sugar on the surface of their cells that triggers meat allergies or organ rejection.” (https://www.statnews.com/2020/12/14/fda-approves-genetically-altering-pigs/).

While lab grown meat isn’t necessarily genetically engineered, this link will take you to an article about the first ever lab grown meat being used in a Singapore restaurant. (https://phys.org/news/2020-12-lab-grown-meat-historic-debut-singapore.html)

Each of us will have to make decisions about the benefits and costs of consuming such foods. My family increasingly looking to consume natural foods grown by local farmers.

Published by markskidmore

Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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