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Default The Vexing Bugs in the Global Trading System

The Vexing Bugs in the Global Trading System
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:32
The Wall Street Journal
By Kris Maher
January 15, 2010

The Vexing Bugs in the Global Trading System - Truth About Trade and Technology-
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As global trade has mounted, more goods are coming in from overseas, sometimes bringing with them the accidental cargo of destructive bugs and plants. An estimated 500 million plants are imported to the U.S. each year, and shipments through one plant inspection station doubled to 52,540 between 2004 and 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Today, about 30 new invasive insects are discovered annually in the U.S., up sharply over the last decade, the USDA says.

Flying Through West Virginia's Imperiled Hemlocks3:02Some of West Virginia's finest hemlock forests are under assault by the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. To raise awareness about the predatory bug, the nonprofit Nature Conservancy has teamed up with an adventure tourism company doing treetop tours. WSJ's Kris Mahar reports.

The yearly economic impact of invasive species in the U.S. is estimated at $133.6 billion, according to a study in Agricultural and Resource Economics Review in 2006. That includes the cost of control and prevention such as pesticides, inspection programs at ports and damage to crops.
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