Economic Aspects of Agricultural and Food Biosecurity in the United States, March 2007

(2007) Economic Aspects of Agricultural and Food Biosecurity in the United States, March 2007. Iowa State University

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Abstract

Concerns about biosecurity in the food system raise a variety of issues about how the system is presently organized, why it might be vulnerable, what one could reasonably do to better secure it, and the costs of doing so. After presenting some facts about US agriculture and food, this paper considers three economic aspects of the general problem. One is the global problem, or the way biosecurity measures can affect how countries relate to each other and the global consequences that result. Another is how to best manage the immediate aftermath of a realized threat in order to minimize damage. The third is how to seek to prevent realization of the threat. Some policy alternatives are also presented.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: agro-terrorism, animal disease, biosecurity, epidemic, food system policy
Subjects: Agriculture and food production
Business and industry > Economic development
Business and industry > Economic forecasts
ID Code: 5091
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 06 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2007
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/5091

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