Jensen Takes Part In National Ag Bioterrorism Committee
Helen Jensen, professor of economics and head of CARD's Food and Nutrition Policy Division, is part of a 12-member committee formed by the National Research Council to study the country's preparedness in dealing with agricultural bioterrorism. The Committee on Biological Threats to Agricultural Plants and Animals is led by Harley Moon, Frank K. Ramsey Endowed Chair in Veterinary Medicine. The two experts were asked to take part in the effort when an August 1999 meeting of agricultural stakeholders and scientists confronted the issue of foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks in Europe. The group resolved that a task force should assess the country's strengths and weaknesses in preventing bioterrorism to crops and livestock and to determine what scientific and technological improvements are needed. Since the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the subsequent Anthrax scare in the Washington, D.C., area, the work of the Committee has an increased sense of urgency. A final report is expected in June 2002. For more information, contact Sandy Clarke, (515) 294-6257, or Helen Jensen, (515) 294-6253.