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It’s been about a decade since protective measures against agroterrorism began to be implemented, but opinions on how big a threat it is today differ. In 2002 when Navy SEALS invaded several Afghani caves known to be Al Qaeda storehouses, they found numerous documents that foretold of potential attacks on America’s farms. It’s been about a decade since protective measures against acts of terrorism on the country’s agricultural system started to be implemented, but many wonder if the threat is still out there. Others worry that they’re not enough. Farmers themselves have questioned what the real impact, let alone the possibility, of inflicting diseases among livestock and crops would be. Said one Kansas rancher, “Why in the world would terrorists attack my feedlot? I’ve certainly got a lot more things to keep me up at night worrying.” Conversely, many agencies still see agroterrorism as a very real threat as introducing highly infectious diseases to wide-open fields and grazing areas wouldn’t be hard. While the theoretical damage wrought by tainting crops and cattle could cause significant harm to the nation’s food supply, it has remained a small scale threat in reality. That hasn’t stopped the US from being prepared.In 2004, the Secretary of Health and Human Services said, “For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply, because it is so easy to do.”