The Global Movement Of Food And Manufactured Goods Should Be Curtailed

707 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 3 Pages
When considering the question as to whether the global movement of people, food and manufactured goods should be curtailed or reduced in order to counter the international spread of diseases, one must try to consider the big picture and consider whether the potential for a global epidemic outweighs the potential starvation and collapse of global economies if this movement were to be stopped. Unfortunately the lid is off of the metaphorical Pandora’s Box and the world’s economies have been systemically intertwined with global trade for at least the last 500 years. One has only to look at the deprivations that a country’s economy suffers if that country is subjected to international trade sanctions to see what an effect would be experienced globally if international trade is significantly reduced due to fears of disease. Even in developed countries like the United States there is the potential for starvation amongst inhabitants as the US, like many countries, is a net importer of food with imports accounting for approximately 17% of all food consumed in the country.1
Other options that should be looked at are already in place to a greater or lesser degree. These options include inspections, disinfection and quarantine.
Inspections of people are already carried out on a lot of international travel but these are often done on a voluntary basis. As an example when boarding a cruise ship passengers are asked if they are experiencing any symptoms like diarrhea or fever – this…

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