But what if non-native species were used against us in a terrorist attack? It’s the biowarfare threat we’re not expecting.
We live with the presence of invasive species every day, such as kudzu and Asian carp. While each of these poses its own set of problems, how would we face a biowarfare threat from a hostile release of an introduced species?
We usually think of biowarfare as the release of a virulent strain of vacteria or a virus. But Dr. Lawrence Roberge has done research which covers much more than that. Bioterrorism is a problem for…
- Global food production
- The threat of ecosystem destruction
- The crashing of commodity markets
- And eventual collapse of public health!
Who is this Professor?
Dr. Lawrence Roberge is a professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Laboure (LA-BORE-RE) College located in Milton, MA. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from Atlantic International University in December 2012. His Doctoral Dissertation was entitled: Invasive Species as a Form of Biological Weapon. He has taught biological science at the college level for over twenty years.
He is a recipient of the CASE/Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year award in 2005. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, he also worked at the technology consultancy firm, NERAC, where he advised military contractors on issues of biological and chemical warfare prior to and after Gulf War I.
What’s he talking about?
An introduced species is any organism–all the way from microbes to large animals and plants–which can disrupt and cause chaos in an ecosystem. That ecosystem may be a desert, prairie, forest, or urban area. The problem arises when there are no controlling forces to keep an invasive species in check, such as pathogens or predators. Agriculture seems to be the largest target for such a threat.
In black biology, something sinister is created through the genetic modification of organisms. For example, a disease fungus or microbe would be manipulated to damage or destroy food crops. Or a bacteria might be changed to become resistant to antibiotics and cause a higher mortality rate among its victims.
How would a biowarfare attack be recognized?
One example would be the proliferation of wheat stem rust throughout the country, with the intent to devastate this food crop.
The down side for us mere mortals is that it would take a while for such an attack to be discovered. Data would need to be gathered and assembled before we would know what was happening.
If we did experience a verifiable biowarfare attack, it would be immediately reported to the Biological and Toxins Warfare Convention in Geneva, where several countries have signed a treaty. How effective would this be? Only time would tell.
Who might carry out a biowarfare attack using introduced species?
Are we under attack now and don’t know it?
For example, one type of beetle was brought into the country in a shipment of ceramic tiles–not exactly the beetle’s natural habitat. Then there’s the variety of a large snail brought in by a man from China. The snail was intended as a delicacy. Unfortunately, this particular species has a voracious appetite for a wide array of things, and it carries a lung parasite. Got your fork ready?
As you might guess, Dr. Roberge is in favor of harsher government restrictions on species coming into the country from elsewhere. Of course, as we know, some things come in accidentally, such as the parasitic fungus that killed off elm trees decades ago, changing our nation’s landscape. What we really need is a way to distinguish the accidental arrival of species from the hostile or terroristic introduction of species.
Could the production of GMO foods be a type of corporate biowarfare program for depopulation?
But let’s look at it another way. If there were a corporate biowarfare program arrayed against you and me, would the be a whistleblower to come forward, similar to Edward Snowden?
Also, could some genetic modification be beneficial? Can it be done safely to prevent crops from being destroyed by pathogens without affecting nutrition content or causing diseases and cancer?
Again, listen to Dr. Roberge’s remarks. One thing is for certain though. The whole GMO issue calls for objective review and greater transparency.
What about diseases brought in by the flow of illegal immigrants?
However, as most of us already know, or have suspected, immigrants are carrying in a number of other diseases. And what will be our country’s response?
Could we turn negatives into positives?
Find out more
View Dr. Roberge’s writings on this subject at the following links. Each link will open in a new window for viewing. Or right click to download the PDF file.
- Analysis of Introduced Species as a Form of Biological Weapon: Part 1-Theory and Approaches
- Analysis of Introduced Species as a form of Biological Weapon: part 2- Strategies for Discernment of an Attack and Countermeasures
- Black Biology-A Threat to Biosecurity and Biodefense. Biosafety
- Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV): Coming to America