(67) A legitimate threat to domestic food security is embodied by an al Qaeda training manual that is devoted to agroterrorism
--that is, the destruction of crops, livestock, and food processing operations.
is a subset of the more general issues of terrorism and bioterrorism.
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
"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.
Rogers (2006), "The Threat of Agroterrorism
to Australia: Preliminary Assessment," Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 29(2): 147-163.
against agriculture and food, see CRS Report RL32521, Agroterrorism
In Chapter 5, Kimball shifts, somewhat unexpectedly, to the issue of intentional harm, and discusses bioterrorism (the use of infectious microorganisms to attack humans) and agroterrorism
(spoiling crops or livestock, or contaminating food products).
(18.) See JIM MONKE, CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERV., AGROTERRORISM
: THREATS AND PREPAREDNESS 8 (2004), available at http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/ RL32521.pdf (stating that "agriculture and food production generally have received relatively less attention, or sometimes were overlooked, in counter-terrorism and homeland security" but also noting that "agriculture now is garnering more attention in the expanding field of terrorism studies and policies").
THE SOURCE: "Responding to Systemic Crisis: The Case of Agroterrorism
" by Lesley Seebeck, in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Sept.
The facility established under the proposed bill would research, test, and evaluate human and zoonotic diseases to protect against the threat of agroterrorism
and naturally occurring incidents.
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Other FDA efforts include the Strategic Partnership Program Agroterrorism
Initiative, which helps identify sector-specific vulnerabilities, determine research gaps and needs, and increase coordination between the federal government and industry stakeholders, and the ALERT Initiative, launched last year and created to raise industry awareness of food defense and preparedness issues.