A threat to the food system – bioterrorism

“Fourteen years ago, U.S. Navy SEALs found a list of pathogens and a schematic in an Afghanistan cave that al-Qaida planned to use to produce bioweapons. In addition to six human pathogens, ten pathogens targeted food, six targeted livestock and poultry, and four targeted crops. Clearly, al-Qaida was considering agroterrorism,” write Tom Daschle and Richard B. Myers in U.S. News and World Report

The Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism produced a series of reports dated 2008-2010 that claimed that a  U.S. biological attack was far more likely than a nuclear one. The Commission gave the United States an “F” in bioterrorism readiness.

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