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.
“What you see with this is less supplies and higher prices, and whether we’re talking beef, pork, chicken, lamb, whatever your favorite is, we are already seeing really skyrocketing prices at wholesale for meat,” David Anderson, a professor of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University.
Some meat supply issues could linger for a year or more, warns David Anderson, professor and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.
“I think the average purchaser’s going to notice it,” says Anderson. “I suspect that consumers will note that in the meat case in their store, there won’t be as much as normal, or as they used to see.”
A&M officials say they have the largest public lab capacity in the state, but the federal government won’t let them use it for humans.