September's front pages were dominated by the terrorist attacks on America, and Veneman stressed the events demanded a thorough re-examination of the food and agriculture system. To that end, the USDA outlined new policy for the sector, while the 2001 Farm Bill was pushed down the government's agenda. Meanwhile, regulators worked to counter the potential threat of agro-terrorism. Elsewhere, debates over trans-fat labelling and GM corn rumbled on. Pam Ahlberg takes a look at the tumultuous time.