11 Oct '11, 8pm

Welcoming invasive species, while keeping terrorists out

Welcoming invasive species, while keeping terrorists out

Photo: Michael Allen Smith With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks behind us, it's fair to say that all Americans -- not just those who have lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan -- have been affected by the ill-conceived "War on Terror." Surprisingly, even the food system didn't go untouched. A new investigation by the Associated Press (AP) details how our obsession with stopping terrorists, real and imagined, from entering the U.S. during the decade after 9/11 cost the country and its consumers billions of dollars. In a few cases, this obsession has also led to broad, unnecessary exposure to toxic chemicals. It was all caused by a mass reassignment of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agricultural inspectors and scientists to anti-terrorism duty. People whose jobs it had been to protect our borders from illegal shipments of food, seeds, and plants that might ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-10-11-welcoming-invasive-s...

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