Agroterrorism


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Agroterrorism

The poisoning of the food supply in order to cause death and destruction, especially for a political end. While agroterrorism has not occurred on a large scale, it is speculated that its outbreak would cause panic in securities markets and in the wider economy, in addition to the obvious public health problems.
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5) This lack of centralized coordination of work by different agencies means that we as a nation are unsure that our efforts, and billions of our tax dollars are not being used wisely to counter agroterrorism.
But for those who study the possible occurrenee of an act of agroterrorism, or significant food chain supply losses from some other event, major losses to businesses from product recalls and business interruption are the most likely outcome.
Intelligence gathering/Information sharing--The Strategic Partnership Program Agroterrorism (SPPA) initiative is a close collaboration between the inter-agency partners mentioned above.
Peter Chalk, an agroterrorism expert at the RAND Corporation, says that terrorists "choose the path of least resistance.
An Agroterrorism Comprehensive Integrated Training Exercise was held in Seattle, Washington, in September 2007.
Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the groundbreaking Strategic Partnership Program Agroterrorism (SPPA) Initiative.
Two chapters are devoted to agroterrorism, and there is ample material on emerging pathogens and novel bioengineered agents that could be used in bioterrorism.
At the Agriculture Department, where officials are concerned about agroterrorism, the Times said employees can visit the agency's website and print out a "sensitive security information" cover sheet.
The site includes background information (including a history of past incidents affecting agriculture), agrosecurity principles for protecting farms, preparing for an agroterrorism event, and an array of other information sources.
Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Defense (DOD), play a role in protecting the nation against agroterrorism.
The money will help establish an agroterrorism preparedness center.