Can the world get by without beneficial opiates like morphine? Because once the fungus propagates beyond targeted areas, and spores do tend to travel easily, that's what we'll be looking at. I don't doubt that those affected financially by permanent loss of lucrative crop might take it upon themselves to deliberately spread spores worldwide by, for example, working spores into clothing, rugs etc. that are exported. Opium farmers will likely switch to cannabis and we could lose hemp should we next attack hash through biology. Of course some plants may develop a tolerance or even sympathetic relationships with a fungus and who can tell where that will lead us.
Legal niceties aside, we will have forfeited our practical standing when some anonymous country or sponsored organization wipes out our tobacco crop under guise of saving lives and social costs. Or perhaps wine grapes (PBUH). After all, smokes and booze fuels the American violence upon the whole world. Practically any aircraft can be turned into a sprayer and a transponder might be considered an optional accessory by some. Irrigation also could be used to spread the good word and stamp out sin.
Hemp is a logical biobutanol feedstock. Which we're going to want for cellulosic fuel. Or so I believe. Both disclosed and undisclosed research suggests this. 0.02
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