USDA Approves First Vaccine for Honeybees

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From  theconservativetreehouse

By Sundance

Um, I’m not saying that introducing a genetically modifying vaccine into the human population through the use of the pollinizing process in agriculture via honeybees was a plot line for an X-Files movie, except it actually was.

 Now this:

(New York Times) – A biotech company in Georgia has received conditional approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the first vaccine for honeybees, a move scientists say could help pave the way for controlling a range of viruses and pests that have decimated the global population. It is the first vaccine approved for any insect in the United States.

The company, Dalan Animal Health, which is based in Athens, Ga., developed a prophylactic vaccine that protects honeybees from American foulbrood, an aggressive bacterium that can spread quickly from hive to hive.

[…]  The vaccine is incorporated into royal jelly, a sugar feed given to queen bees. Once they ingest it, the vaccine is then deposited in their ovaries, giving developing larvae immunity as they hatch.

[…] In 2015, she and two other researchers identified the specific protein that prompts an immune response in the offspring and realized they could cultivate immunity in a bee population with a single queen. 

[…] The introduction of a vaccine comes at a critical moment for honeybees, which are vital to the world’s food system. […]  honeybees pollinate about one-third of the food crops in the United States and help produce an estimated $15 billion worth of crops in the United States each year. Many beekeepers lease their hives across the country to assist in pollination of almonds, pears, cherries, apples and other types of produce.  (read more)

Wait,… wasn’t there some weird story about some vaccine promoting guy buying up a bunch of farmland in the United States for some unknown reason?…

“Gates is the largest private owner of farmland in America after quietly amassing some 270,000 acres across dozens of states, according to last year’s edition of the Land Report 100, an annual survey of the nation’s largest landowners.” (link)

I’m sure there is nothing to worry about.  I mean it’s not an mRNA vaccine…

… yet.