The president specifically asked farmers and ranchers to think about farm security issues. Farm and ranching communities play a vital role in protecting Americas food supplies, water resources, and farm chemicals, he said. Their efforts are important to the safety and security of our citizens.

These comments made me think about agro-terrorism, because it poses a direct threat to the safety and health of farmersand an even bigger one to the safety and security of citizens everywhere.

الصيف الماضي, anti-biotech militants destroyed a crop field in France where farmers and scientists were working on an experimental plant that may help doctors treat patients who suffer from cystic fibrosis.

For farmers, theres a basic safety issue here. Anytime an agro-terrorist sets out to destroy cropland, for whatever reason, farmers and their families may be in danger. We know these fanatics are capable of incredible violence. منذ وقت ليس ببعيد, a group targeting agricultural research torched a facility at Michigan State University on New Years Eve. Nobody was hurtbut if anybody had been working late, there could have been serious casualties.

Its obvious that these arsonists have no regard for humanity. If they did, theyd think a little harder about who their real casualties arethe people who rely on what we farmers grow.

The field they destroyed in France wasnt comprised of ordinary corn. حقيقة, it wasnt even ordinary biotech cornthe kind thats consumed routinely and safely by millions of Americans and other people around the world each and every day.

It was a field of corn genetically modified to produce a wonder drug that hopes to alleviate the tremendous amount of pain and suffering caused by cystic fibrosis, a deadly disease that kills most of the people afflicted with it before they reach their 30th birthdays.

I know theres a huge debate over the merits of biotech cropsand by all means we should have this debate. As a supporter of biotechnology applied to agriculture, Im confident that well win.

But destroying research that will help kids cope with a horrible disease is another matter entirely. Its ghastly. Words can barely describe my revulsion for the terror these activists inflict upon some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Growing drugs in crops is no high-tech fantasy. Its about to become a farming reality. The cystic-fibrosis drug is currently in phase-two clinical trials, and the reports Ive seen indicate that its making a significant difference in the lives of patients who take it. This miracle drug still must pass through a few more medical and regulatory hurdles, but growing pharmaceutical products on farmsor pharms, to use the trendy termis on its way. فى المستقبل, it will offer treatments for high blood pressure, heart disease, Alzheimers disease, and many other ailments.

Thats because pharming makes economic sense. Plant-made pharmaceuticalsor PMPsare projected to cost 14 times less than drugs manufactured in traditional lab stainless steel containers called bioreactors.

Were always told that cost shouldnt be an issue in health care, but we all know it is. And so is access. Thats especially true for people who suffer from rare diseases with a small patient base. The costs of developing drugs is so high that it makes little sense for companies to pour massive resources into areas where theyll never be able to recover their investment on the market. In some instances, the specific proteins needed can ONLY be produced through plants

Sometimes governments subsidize the development of these so-called orphan drugs. But they dont cover all of the research that is happening or needed. Containing cost through drug production with PMPs holds obvious appeal.

Except to the lunaticswho never intend to celebrate an occasion like National Farm Safety and Health Week.