A Long Ago and Faraway War: Lessons Learned for Food and Agroterrorism Defense

Little is known about the results of Rhodesia’s chemical and biological war, but its low-tech approach and easily obtained ingredients is a warning in these uncertain times.

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There once was a war in a faraway place called Rhodesia, in southern Africa. In that place, a government-sanctioned, clandestine chemical and biological warfare program targeted guerilla fighters and the agriculture that supported them. People and animals died. What happened there provides important lessons for food and agriculture defense professionals. A relatively recent somewhat obscure book, Dirty War–Rhodesia and Chemical Biological Warfare 1975-1980, by Glenn Cross, details these lessons.

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