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From FAO.org: The Tricky Task of Protecting Plants in a Globalized Age

Posted on Tue, 23 Apr 2013, 22:51

From the FAO Media Center:

International Plant Protection Convention wraps up annual meeting – two phytosanitary standards revised and updated.

12 April 2013, Rome - Odds are, today you ate something that came from another hemisphere. A mind-boggling $1.1 trillion worth of agricultural products are traded internationally each year, with food items accounting for 82 percent of the total.

And where fruit or plants can travel, so too can less-savory characters. Fruit fly eggs hidden in the skins of oranges go unseen. Beetles burrow into wooden shipping pallets and escape detection. Fungal spores worm their way between the seams of metal ...

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