Regulating Agricultural Imports To Keep Out Foreign Pests and Disease

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                               Regulating Agricultural
                               Imports To Keep Out
                               Foreign Pests and Disease
                            Michael Livingston                             Craig Osteen           Donna Roberts
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Description: Increased trade helps meet US consumers' growing demand for a variety of fresh and processed foods. Increased agricultural imports, however, can raise the risk of inadvertently introducing foreign pests and diseases, and the resulting damage to domestic crops, livestock, and the environment can reduce or offset some of the benefits of trade. Governments use a range of interventions to combat the entry of foreign pests. Best known, perhaps, are quarantine measures such as import bans. Import bans have reduced total welfare in some cases, because the cost of disease establishment was outweighed by the consumer benefits from imports. Agricultural products are imported into the US only after successfully completing USDA's approval process. No import is risk free, but Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service may recommend that the commodity be allowed to enter if certain steps are followed to reduce pest and disease risk to levels acceptable to US authorities.
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