Wednesday, September 27, 2006

NO SPECIFIC THREAT: But the enemies are out there, you bet

"There hasn't been a specific terrorist threat against the U.S. food supply, but Americans should not take the safety of their food for granted, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Wednesday," wrote AP, reporting from the second International Symposium on Agroterrorism, in Kansas City.

"The bacterium that has infected some of our fresh spinach was not, to the best of our knowledge, the result of an intentional contamination . . . But it illustrates how much damage can be inflicted by an intentional act on our food supply," said Johans via AP. Since great minds think alike, it's a repeat of a knee-jerk comparison in the last few days. One could just as easily say every case of food-poisoning reported in the United States in the past month "illustrates how much damage can be inflicted" by agroterrorists.

It was said there was no "specific or current threat" to the agriculture or food sectors.

But, "We know that there are individuals who want to harm us, and we are aware there are people with the knowledge and the capability of sabotaging our food . . . "

The US government, it was reported, wants to tag the 9 billion livestock animals in the country so they can be monitored for bioterror by 2009. It's a plan likely to go nowhere since it faces strong opposition in Missouri from farmers and Congressmen.

The entire news clip is here.

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