By DEREK P. GILBERT
April 12, 2008
More than two years into the project, the major media has finally noticed the federal government’s threat to destroy American agriculture.
The Bush administration is likely to move its research on one of the most contagious animal diseases from an isolated island laboratory to the U.S. mainland near herds of livestock, raising concerns about a catastrophic outbreak.
Skeptical Democrats in Congress are demanding to see internal documents they believe highlight the risks and consequences of the decision. An epidemic of the disease, foot and mouth, which only affects animals, could devastate the livestock industry.
At the risk of spraining something to pat myself on the back, I was about 18 months ahead of the media’s big boys in reporting this on my radio show in Missouri, where Columbia was promoted by a consortium led by the University of Missouri as a site for the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). You can listen to my interviews with agro-terror expert Kate Iola at my website.
In short, what the Department of Homeland Security proposes is either insane, idiotic, or insidious.