Agro-terrorism

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Agroterrorism, also known as Agriterrorism, is a malicious attempt to disrupt or destroy the agricultural industry and/or food supply system of a population through "the malicious use of plant or animal pathogens to cause devastating disease in the agricultural sectors".[1] It is closely related to the concepts of biological warfare and entomological warfare, except carried out by non-state parties.

A hostile attack, towards an agricultural environment, including infrastructures and processes, in order to significantly damage national and international political interests.

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Clemson University's Regulatory and Public Service Program listed "diseases vectored by insects" among bioterrorism scenarios considered "most likely".[2] Because invasive species are already a problem worldwide one University of Nebraska entomologist considered it likely that the source of any sudden appearance of a new agricultural pest would be difficult, if not impossible, to determine.[3] Lockwood considers insects a more effective means of transmitting biological agents for acts of bioterrorism than the actual agents.[4] Insect vectors are easily gathered and their eggs easily transportable without detection.[4] Isolating and delivering biological agents, on the other hand, is extremely challenging and hazardous.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Agriterrorism Homeland Defense Stocks
  2. ^ "Regulatory and Public Service Programs’ Strategy for the Prevention Of Bioterrorism in Areas Regulated", Regulatory and Public Service Program, Clemson University, 2001, accessed December 25, 2008.
  3. ^ Corley, Heather. "Agricultural Bioterror Threat Requires Vigilance", (Press release), Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resource, University of Nebraska, November 12, 2001, accessed December 25, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c Lockwood, Jeffrey A. "Insects: Tougher than anthrax", The Boston Globe, October 21, 2007, accessed December 25, 2008.

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