Essay on Agroterrorism: United States Department of Defense
American Military University
November 23, 2011
Agriculture is a key component and driver of our economy as well as the main food source for US citizens. The US serves as one of the largest exporters of food supplies to nations around the globe. (1) A significant disruption in our exports would have ripple effects within the US and throughout the global health system. The potential impacts of an Agroterrorism attack would be devastating to public health, both nationally and on the global front could be significant. (2)
Definitions of Agroterrorism
Agroterrorism is a subset of the larger field of threats posed by chemical and biological terrorism. As …show more content…
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