In today’s global marketplace, the volume of international trade brings increased potential for the introduction of foreign pests, diseases, and noxious weeds that could threaten the safety of American agriculture. The results of such introductions can have a devastating effect on the U.S. food supply, damage our natural resources, and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in eradication and control measures that ultimately result in higher priced agricultural products for the consumer.
United States Department fo Agriculture and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, "APHIS’ Plant Inspection Stations: Protecting American Agriculture From Foreign Pests and Diseases" (2007). All U.S. Government Documents (Utah Regional Depository). Paper 473.