A Tree May Aid in COVID-19 Vaccine

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A Tree May Aid in COVID-19 Vaccine

I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

The company that makes Roundup weedkiller appears closer to setting more cases. Reuters reporting attorneys for Bayer A-G told a California judge they are continuing to work to resolve thousands more cases. Bayer agreed earlier this year to pay around 11-billion dollars to settle lawsuits involving the popular weed killer. But the judge had questioned the fairness of the plan. Plaintiffs have alleged the product causes cancer but Bayer says it is safe.

A tree you’ve likely never heard of could be the key to getting a vaccine for the coronavirus. The vaccine in development uses a compound from the Quillaja Saponaria tree in Chile. It is considered an evergreen and is used for agricultural and pharmaceutical purposes even soap! Scientists at Botanical Solutions say by combining biotech with this native plant they’ve been able to discover chemistry that works in ag and for modern vaccines.

General Mills is going back in time. Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Trix, and Golden Grahams are permanently returning to their recipes from the 19-80’s. The company says Cocoa Puffs will deliver more chocolatey taste Cookie Crisp will bring back more chocolate chip cookie flavor. Trix is returning to six fruity shapes, and Golden Grahams is bringing back honey. General Mills says they are now available at most major retailers nationwide.

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