Our Statement on mRNA Vaccines in Livestock

Posted by White Oak Pastures Team
Apr 25, 2023 12:06:22 PM


Recently, we've gotten many questions about whether or not we will be administering mRNA vaccines to our livestock.

The short answer is Hell No.

There is talk about domesticated food animals soon being vaccinated with mRNA. We want our customers to know that we will not vaccinate our animals with mRNA vaccines . We believe there is a time and place for vaccinations, but they must be used sparingly. If livestock are raised in an environment where they can express their natural instincts, they probably won't need many (if any) vaccines. We hope to one day move away from all vaccines on our farm - we are close, but not there yet.

Everyone should know that over 80% of the antibiotics produced today are consumed by domesticated food animals. You read that right, even considering all of the antibiotics humans are prescribed, it's not even 20% of what's produced goes to people-the rest administered to food animals. It would only make sense that in order for vaccine companies to move from "very profitable" to "obscenely profitable" would be to capture the animal agriculture market.

I'm not sure that this would ever pass legislation, but law or not, Big Ag is highly influenced by Big Pharma. The multinational meat companies would certainly choose to mandate this if there was an opportunity for a shared profit.

In closing, please know: We don't believe in a blanket, one-size-fits-all approach to our health or our livestock. We will not add vaccinations for our livestock- we are moving in the other direction hoping to give fewer. (And, we already give very few).

If this is adopted and there is a "panic" for food from livestock that hasn't had the mRNA vaccine, we will choose to honor the demand from our loyalty members and employees first. If you are not a part of that group, we cannot guarantee we will have any product for you. We are certainly not trying to promote panic- but, we do intend to notify our customers of how we will operate in times of growing demand. We screwed up during the pandemic by not reserving inventory for our most loyal customers - we won't do that again.

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