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Vaccines Using mRNA Can Protect Farm Animals Against Diseases Traditional Ones May Not

While effective vaccines for COVID-19 should have heralded the benefits of mRNA vaccines, fear and misinformation about their supposed dangers circulated at the same time. These misconceptions about mRNA vaccines have recently spilled over into worries about whether their use in agricultural animals could expose people to components of the vaccine within animal products such as meat or milk.

In fact, a number of states are drafting or considering legislation outlawing the use of mRNA vaccines in food animals or, at minimum, requiring their labeling on animal products in grocery stores. Idaho introduced a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to administer any type of mRNA vaccine to any person or mammal, including COVID-19 vaccines. A Missouri bill would have required the labeling of animal products derived from animals administered mRNA vaccines but failed to get out of committee. Arizona and Tennessee have also proposed labeling bills. Several other state legislatures are discussing similar measures.

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The Emerging Role of Monoterpenes in Pig Stress Management - Dr. Ashley Wagner

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Welcome to a new episode of The Swine Health Blackbelt Podcast. Today, Dr. Ashley Wagner takes us on an enlightening journey into the promising world of monoterpenes. These plant-derived compounds are emerging as a potential game-changer in managing swine health, particularly in stress management. As we explore this ever-evolving area, Dr. Wagner delves into the many sources of monoterpenes, their mechanisms of action, and their potential impact on the swine industry. Also, she gives us insights into how these compounds modulate brain signaling related to stress, how they're influencing serotonin and GABAergic systems, and how these effects could lead to better performance in pigs.