Mycoherbicide Spraying of Drug Crops (Case 8)

TitleMycoherbicide Spraying of Drug Crops (Case 8)
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Bellon, C, Brinkman, A, Skipper, RB
PublisherAssociation of Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractAs heroin addiction continues to grow in the United States, the U.S. government has been looking for was to eradicate opium at its source - the opium plants grown in fields in areas like Afghanistan. One way to do this is to use mycoherbicides, which are living organisms that invade plants, introducing a toxin that sometimes kills the plant, or may kill the human or animal who eats the plant when it is harvested. There is also a fear that the mycoherbicides may kill off legitimate crops and livestock, and may even mutate and have a disastrous impact on the environment. The U.S. House of Representatives have twice passed Resolution 2829, the Office of National Drug Policy Reauthorization Act, that has stalled both times in the Senate. One of the act's provisions requires a plant to "conduct, on an expedited basis, a scientific study of the use of mycoherbicide as a means of illicit drug crop a major drug producing nation."
NotesCase from the 2008 Ethics Bowl National Championship.
Full Text