Ships bring your coffee, snack and TV set, but also pests and diseases

by Baher Kamal

Ship bringing agricultural products. Photo: FAO
See ‘A Floating Threat: Sea Containers Spread Pests and Diseases’  by the FAO. Some $1.1 trillion worth of agricultural products are traded internationally each year. Photo: FAO

While oil spills garner much public attention and anguish, the so-called “biological spills” represent a greater long-term threat and do not have the same high public profile.