agroterrorism


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agroterrorism

The use of biological (e.g., anthrax, foot and mouth disease) or chemical agents against crops and livestock, in an effort to  disrupt a population’s economy and food supply.

Agroterrorism

The largely hypothetical use of biological or chemical agents (e.g., anthrax, foot and mouth disease) against crops and livestock to disrupt a population’s economy and food supply.
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In order to remain one of the safest food supply systems in the world today, we must employ at the local, state, and federal levels skilled professionals who are equipped to respond to and recover from the crisis of an agroterrorism event.
Conventional discourse on the issue of agroterrorism typically focuses on the potential for human fatalities, but the consequential economic impact to the agricultural industry would also be quite significant," said Matthew Power, executive vice president of Lexington Insurance Co.
According to Miyawaki, among the methods terrorists might use in Japan, besides biological and chemical weapons, are electromagnetic pulses, or EMP, ''dirty bombs'' packed with radioactive material, agroterrorism (attacks on agriculture), and bombing targets like the Shinkansen (bullet trains) or theme parks.
As was articulated by Mark Wheelis, a senior microbiologist at the University of California, Davis, many of the moral constraints that might inhibit an adversary can be overcome by using agroterrorism.
In response to the ongoing threat of bioterrorism and agroterrorism, the United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association, Alexandria, Va.
archdiocesan newspaper, Chalk gave several reasons: Existing germ agents that are lethal or contagious to animals number at least 22, many more than could harm humans; overuse of antibiotics and steroids has lowered the natural tolerance of animals to disease and bred drug-resistant strains of germs; attacks against livestock or crops are harder to detect because they can imitate natural occurrences; and agroterrorism is not as risky for the perpetrators as attacks like those of Sept.
Because Benton and Washington counties are the beef leaders of Arkansas and the poultry capital of the world, the ramifications of agroterrorism in northwest Arkansas could be staggering.
The project, titled "Adaptation of Recently Developed DNA Microarrays to NanoChip Microarray Technology for Detection of Agroterrorism Agents" was approved by Defence Research and Development Canada through the CRTI Program (CBRNE [Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear] Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI).
A subset of bioterrorism, agroterrorism is defined as "the deliberate introduction of an animal or plant disease for the purpose of generating fear, causing economic losses, or undermining social stability.
The RVA program will enhance the Company's existing efforts in the area of food defense to guard against the threat of agroterrorism.
He then addresses terrorism and includes discussion of ecoterrorism, agroterrorism, food security, and terrorist threats to chemical facilities.
One such effort, the Strategic Partnership Program Agroterrorism Initiative, helps identify sector-specific vulnerabilities, determine research gaps and needs, and increase coordination between the federal government and industry stakeholders.