Terrorism poses signifcant threat to US agriculture

Weapons of mass destruction have the potential to be used in the American food and water supply.
Weapons of mass destruction have the potential to be used in the American food and water supply. | File photo

The Worldwide Threat Assessment in the U.S. Intelligence of Community annual report was released last week, detailing a wide variety of terror threats around the world.

“In my 50 plus years in the intelligence business I cannot recall a more diverse array of crises and challenges than we face today,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said during his testimony before Congress.

The report warns of an increase in homegrown terrorists but also mentions the enemies of the United States are busy making new weapons and developing new strategies for attacking U.S. assets around the world. These weapons of mass destruction have the potential to be used in the American food and water supply.

“We have to make sure that America always has a safe supply of food as well as a safe supply of water. Those are somewhat easy targets for the terrorist community to look at,” former Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss said. “There is no question that food security is a very vital part of national security and a vital part of what we look at from a counter-terrorism standpoint in the intelligence community every day.”

The American Farm Bureau Federation supports the protection of America’s food and water supply by encouraging farmers to recognize the importance of biosecurity.

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