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A photo taken Tuesday Aug. 23, 2011, shows agriculture specialist John Machado with U.S. Customs and Border Protection sifting through an opened bag of rice during an inspection in Oakland, Calif. Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on preventing another attack that they overlooked a pest explosion that threatened the quality of the nation’s food supply. Photo: Eric Risberg / AP
 
AP IMPACT: Foreign insects, diseases got into US
TRACIE CONE, Associated Press
Updated 07:32 p.m., Monday, October 10, 2011
 
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on preventing another attack that they overlooked a pest explosion that threatened the quality of the nation’s food supply.
At the time, hundreds of agricultural scientists responsible for stopping invasive species at the border were reassigned to anti-terrorism duties in the newly formed Homeland Security Department — a move that scientists say cost billions of dollars in crop damage and eradication efforts from California vineyards to Florida citrus groves.
The consequences come home to consumers in the form of higher grocery prices, substandard produce and the risk of environmental damage from chemicals needed to combat the pests.
 
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A photo taken Tuesday Aug. 23, 2011, shows agriculture specialist John Machado with U.S. Customs and Border Protection sifting through an opened bag of rice during an inspection in Oakland, Calif. Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on preventing another attack that they overlooked a pest explosion that threatened the quality of the nation’s food supply. Photo: Eric Risberg / AP

AP IMPACT: Foreign insects, diseases got into US

Updated 07:32 p.m., Monday, October 10, 2011

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on preventing another attack that they overlooked a pest explosion that threatened the quality of the nation’s food supply.

At the time, hundreds of agricultural scientists responsible for stopping invasive species at the border were reassigned to anti-terrorism duties in the newly formed Homeland Security Department — a move that scientists say cost billions of dollars in crop damage and eradication efforts from California vineyards to Florida citrus groves.

The consequences come home to consumers in the form of higher grocery prices, substandard produce and the risk of environmental damage from chemicals needed to combat the pests.

Read more »

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