Thursday, September 17, 2009

Agricultural Security Is In Need of Alternative Approaches to Lessen Threat of Invasive Micro-Organisms

"When one thinks of border protection thoughts naturally focus on illegal immigration, drugs, and weapons smuggling. A less often acknowledged but equally critically component of border control involves securing the border from invasive micro-organisms.

At United States ports of entry, the contents of air, maritime, truck, and rail cargo, as well as air passenger baggage, vehicles, and mail are subject to Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection officials. The purpose of AQI is to help ensure that United States agriculture is protected from accidentally or intentionally introduced pests and diseases, including the possibility of agroterrorism".
Read the rest of the article in "Agroterror Prevention in Need of Overhaul", Homeland Security Today, September 4, 2009. Click here to read more about agro-terrorism and security.

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