Traveling outside of the country? Don't Pack a Pest!

Our Food

Invasive Pests Take the Food Out of Our Mouths

Each year, pest insects destroy about 13 percent of the U.S. potential crop production, a value of about $33 billion. Worldwide, pests destroy about 25 percent of food crops annually.

A Recipe for Disaster ... Averted

Did you know that scientists predict that in the year 2050 the world will no longer be able to produce enough food to feed Earth’s human population? A key component of this prediction is the knowledge that as global trade and travel increase, pathways for introducing harmful pests and diseases increase. Travelers who pack food and agricultural items  without checking if they are allowed entry into their destination countries are a major pathway for the introduction of crop-destroying pests and diseases. Know Before You Go, Don’t Pack a Pest and always Declare Agricultural Items.

Save Our Citrus

University of Florida economists report that in just six years beginning in 2006, citrus greening disease reduced orange juice production by about 23 percent, costing Florida’s economy an estimated $3.63 billion in lost revenues and 6,611 jobs. Greening is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted by an invasive insect, the Asian citrus psyllid. The insect and disease were likely introduced by a traveler bringing a citrus plant into the U.S. For more information please visit Save Our Citrus.

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