NATIONAL SECURITY AND BIOTERRORISM: A U.S. PERSPECTIVE

My purpose is to consider how the events of September 11, 2001 have changed how we think about the world food system and the possibilities for agro-bioterrorism. I will divide them into three categories: direct threats to the world food system from agro-bioterrorism; market and development assistance disruptions arising from terrorist and anti-terrorist activity; and broader and longer term shifts in the political economy of international agriculture due to the emergence of a recognized global terrorist threat. I conclude that agro-bioterrorism is a real threat, but more to markets than to human health. Moreover, responses to this threat are likely to reinforce ongoing improvements in food inspection, identity preservation, and safety measures.


Issue Date:
2002
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/14384
Total Pages:
12
Series Statement:
Working Paper WP02-7; Paper Presented at the 8th Joint Conference on Food, Agriculture and the Environment, August 25-28, 2002, Red Cedar Lake, Wisconsin




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