About this organization
Keep the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) out of the heartland.
A facility where research on highly infectious diseases to food animals is conducted does NOT belong in the center of the food animal health corridor.
What is NBAF?
It’s the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to build on the KSU Campus. Its mission is to study diseases like Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) for which there are no vaccines or treatments.
We are a group of concerned citizens who believe this facility would be too dangerous to have anywhere on the US mainland, but especially in Manhattan. We are working or retired farmers, builders, students, teachers, business owners, scientists, physicians, parents, grandparents, and more. We share a deep concern for keeping Manhattan a healthy place to live and raise our children.
We believe that the local media and the proponents of this plan have not given the public enough information to make an informed judgment. When the residents of this state understand the risks and uncertainties of this facility they will also say NO.
The Government Accountability Office describes Foot and Mouth Disease as “… a highly contagious animal disease … FMD virus is the most infectious animal disease-causing virus. It has been determined that for certain strains, the dose required to infect cattle or sheep through inhalation is about 10 organisms (10 1 TCID50)”
(GAO) says: “DHS has not conducted any studies to determine whether FMD work can be done safely on the mainland . . .no facility for handling dangerous pathogens can ever be completely safe, and no technology can be totally relied on to ensure safety.”
This is a problem of national concern. Although this site will include some information specific to the Manhattan, KS, locale, it is important to realize that diseases know no boundaries.
Become informed: You do not have to rely on the newspapers for your information. In this web site we will try to help you find diverse sources of information and opinion by providing links to the most important sources, by providing summaries of the long-winded and often technically obfuscating pros and cons, and by providing a forum for asking questions, contributing information, and having your concerns heard. In particular you can become familiar the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) prepared by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).