Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Public Health - Part 2
Lecture:Bioterrorism, Agricultural Terrorism, Chemical Terrorism, Nuclear Terrorism
Slide content:Agricultural Terrorism - 2 Although there have been an unfortunately large number of introductions of agricultural pests and pathogens (example, chestnut blight, which effectively exterminated the American chestnut tree), they have been caused by accident, neglect, or ignorance - not terrorism. The USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) attempts to prevent importation of agricultural hazards 13
Slide notes:There have been many unfortunate instances of importation of foreign pests and pathogens, both in the U.S. and other countries. A prime example of this is chestnut blight, a fungus which effectively wiped out the beloved American chestnut tree. However, to date these incidents have been caused by accident, neglect, or ignorance, and not by terrorist efforts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service, or APHIS, is the main line of defense against agricultural terrorism and hazards in the U.S. 13