“It’s kind of a sensational term,” said Molly Keck. The linking of the foreign-born insects with a scary word, in this case “murder,” skirts dangerously close to uncomfortable territory.
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It is highly unlikely that the Asian giant hornet will be spotted in Texas. There are currently no sightings anywhere near Texas.
“We know the Asian giant hornet is a specialized predator of honeybees; and while the Japanese honeybee, which is a different species of the honeybee, has good behavioral defenses against the hornet, the European honeybee has no defense against this hornet,” David Ragsdale, Ph.D.
A “murder hornet” task force is being led by Texas A&M AgriLife at the request of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott following sightings in Washington state.
“What we’re seeing is an imbalance between production and consumption, which is causing disruption throughout the entire value chain,” said Patrick Stover, dean of Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
“I think the average purchaser’s going to notice it.” – David Anderson, professor and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University
David Anderson, professor and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University, told TIME that the differences in meat supply will likely become apparent to the average consumer.
There is no food shortage, experts say, but consumer habits and agriculture could change long term.