Half-a-million dollars. That’s how much the National Science Foundation has invested so far in researching how to get COVID mRNA shots into your salad and other veggies, supposedly so those who are hesitant to getting them the conventional way will get them anyway.
That is, you’ll get them if you just eat your vegetables, specifically, lettuce. “Ideally, a single plant would produce enough mRNA to vaccinate a single person,” said professor of botany and plant sciences, Juan Pablo Giraldo.
Lettuce isn’t the only shot delivery method scientists have in mind, though: Spinach and tomatoes are also on the table as possible foods they hope you will eat or grow in your garden and eat, boosting the “shot” with every bite. If you don’t care for lettuce, then know that rice, corn and potatoes are also under consideration for vaccinating the masses against COVID as well as Ebola and norovirus.