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What is agricultural biosecurity?

Biosecurity is a term that has many interpretations. For Waage & Mumford (2011), biosecurity means the protection of countries against alien pests (insects, vertebrates, etc.) and diseases. Biosecurity has also been used to describe measures taken to reduce the risk of spread of animal disease on farms (Defra 2005) and defence against biological weapons, such as the deliberate introduction of smallpox or anthrax into human populations (O’Toole & Inglesby 2003). FAO (2003)  has adopted biosecurity as a holistic term which encompasses policy and regulation to protect agriculture, food and the environment from biological risk.

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