Agroterrorism In Food And Food

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Imagine waking up tomorrow to hear on the news that there is a major food shortage due to a massive crop failure. This will not only affect being able to pick up food at the grocery store but the animals that depend on the food supply will also be affected. After a thorough investigation of what caused the crop failure it is deemed to have been an agroterrorism attack of a disease that was spread throughout the crop fields. Agroterrorism is a dangerous threat that faces our way of life in America. Agricultural resources have been considered potential targets of biological warfare or terrorism since World War I; and besides many years have passed the threat hasn’t subsided. Livestock offers an especially attractive target. Terrorists can pick an economically valuable livestock, match the target against a published list of diseases, and select the most accessible pathogen. Many of these organisms are endemic outside the United States and can be isolated from common materials with very little training. And unlike the weapons of bioterrorism, lethal and highly contagious biological agents that affect animals usually do not harm humans. In fact, experts …show more content…
Basically what that means is the instance of bioterrorism against the agricultural and food system.
The problem with agroterrorism is the time it would take investigators to determine what in fact caused the crops or animals to fail. The reason for the delay is that before the federal government wants to claim terrorism they want to be certain that is what caused the crops and animals to fail. Within the natural environment there are a lot of diseases and viruses that naturally occur and can cause failure in the agriculture industry, and that is what investigators have to rule out first in order to say that it was

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