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Columbian coca crops increasing
    #4003533 - 04/02/05 03:10 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

War on coca crops failing
White House report says despite spraying in Colombia, acreage of coca fields grew.
April 2, 2005

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP)- President Alvaro Uribe vowed Friday to press ahead with U.S.-financed fumigation of cocaine-producing crops, even as a White House report found an aerial spraying offensive in Colombia last year failed to cut the acreage devoted to coca cultivation.

Critics of Washington's effort to crush drug production in Colombia -- the world's main cocaine-producing country and a major supplier of heroin -- say the report indicated the Colombian and U.S. governments are losing the war on drugs, which has cost more than $3 billion in U.S. aid here since 2000.

"The U.S. government's own data provides stark evidence that the drug war is failing to achieve its most basic objectives," said John Walsh at the Washington Office on Latin America, a think tank critical of U.S. drug policies in Colombia.

The report by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy said that despite a record-setting aerial eradication offensive, 281,694 acres of coca remained in Colombia at the end of 2004 -- slightly more than the 281,323 acres that were left in 2003 after spraying.

Walsh said prices for cocaine and heroin have been steadily dropping over the years on U.S. streets.

Peasant farmers grow most of the coca, a bushy plant that provides the main ingredient of cocaine, convert it to coca paste and sell it to Colombian rebels, paramilitaries or other groups that traffic in drugs, who purify it into cocaine and export it.

Adam Isacson, a Colombia expert with the Center for International Policy in Washington, said the White House report demonstrates the peasants are replanting coca after their fields are sprayed.

"The inescapable conclusion we can draw from this data is that our fumigation program is not discouraging Colombian peasants from growing coca," Isacson said.

The Associated Press reported last month that large-scale coca production was moving for the first time into the extensive jungles of Choco state, in northwest Colombia, with peasant farmers felling chunks of virgin rainforest to plant millions of coca seedlings.

David Murray, a top official in the White House drug office, insisted there were positive signs, pointing out that coca cultivation is down from a peak of 419,575 acres in 2001.

"What you have now is hard-core cultivators . . . who are faced with extinction of their business, and what they are doing is they're staying put and replanting as rapidly as they can, and we're coming back and hitting them with eradication," Murray said.

The United States said 337,427 acres of coca were fumigated last year, and Uribe told local RCN radio the anti-drug campaign would be pursued. "Our will is to continue seizing the drugs and to continue with the fumigation," he said.

The White House drug office said that while the area under coca cultivation remained "statistically unchanged" last year, fumigation diminished potential cocaine output 7 percent to 430 metric tons, because newly planted fields produce less cocaine than mature coca.

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Re: Columbian coca crops increasing [Re: veggie]
    #4003946 - 04/02/05 07:17 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

What kind of chemicals do they use in fumigation, and what are the health effects on the population?

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    #4004120 - 04/02/05 09:17 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

not sure what chemicals are used, but it certainly kills thousands of innocent animals, probably some people, and definitely more plant life that has nothing to do with cocaine.

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Re: Columbian coca crops increasing [Re: cybrbeast]
    #4014174 - 04/04/05 09:32 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)


cybrbeast said:
What kind of chemicals do they use in fumigation, and what are the health effects on the population?

I read one article that stated that the chemical, Glyphosate, in RoundUp brand herbicide, is used.

Read her http://infoventures.com/e-hlth/pestcide/glyphos.html for more info on RoundUp.


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