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Response is Local, Relief is Not: The Pervasive Impact of Agro Terrorism

Posted by on Friday, August 10, 2012 in Articles, Vol. 40 No. 4, Volume 40, Volumes.

Agro terrorism is a threat facing the public today. National response systems are not yet able to perform efficiently and effectively to address this threat.  Any locality can be targeted, and the immediate response will come from local entities, regardless of how adequately prepared they are to respond.  Knowing that acts of agro terrorism are both expected and feasible today, we must alter our prevention, deterrence, preparedness, detection, response, attribution, recovery, and mitigation programs and base them on a better understanding of the threat.  There are a number of things we can do in advance of agro terrorism, none of which is impossible or beyond our current means and abilities.  Additionally, we must keep in mind that although our response to acts of agro terrorism will be local, these local efforts will take place in and be affected by the global agricultural context.  The global community will, in fact, be the source of our relief.  We must strive now to plan accordingly, and undertake the necessary diplomatic, political, and interpersonal activities well in advance of an act of agro terrorism.

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