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Researchers study agricultural security

Burgers, not bombs, may be the delivery method for the next terrorist attack on the U.S. The U.S.’s industrial-scale farms, feed lots, food-processing plants and distribution facilities are rich targets for terrorists who could use deadly pathogens or toxins to corrupt food supplies. Responding to increased fears about what some refer to as “agroterrorism,” President Bush issued a presidential directive, HSPD-9, in January, creating a national policy to defend the agriculture and food systems from terrorist attacks and other disasters. HSPD-9 made it the official policy of the U.S. to improve the screening of agricultural products, develop early warning and awareness of threats to agriculture, and boost the government’s and industry’s abilities to respond to threats. Full Story

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