“Philanthropic” causes self-appointed to look after the global good, including the Rockefeller Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, began funding the development of edible vaccines as far back as 1996. Ostensibly, this is to allow the poor and developing sectors of the world easy access to medicine in their food supply. A quick (and profitable) fix to save the planet!
In the real world, this is a dark twist on the old adage “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.”
Private vaccine developers have worked aggressively to develop these genetically-engineered pharmaceuticals and put them on the shelf, hoping they will be part of a multi-billion dollar drug market.
Government grants and agency support contributed towards their rapid creation in the first decade of the 20th Century, licensing corn fields and other test crop sites throughout the U.S. Midwest and beyond – with pharmaceutical crops being grown in at least 11 states.
Firms like Prodigene and Epicyte were on the cutting edge of this new “pharming” paradigm, which created its own controversy. Prodigene was fined after two of its sites containing experimental drugs for HIV, hepatitis and other serious diseases accidentally contaminated some food crops headed for human consumption. Meanwhile, Epicyte raised eyebrows and anxious questions after developing contraceptive corn, an edible spermicide that produces sperm antibodies in both sexes.