In wake of IARC carcinogenic warning, Colombian president urges end to spraying herbicide on coca plants

| | May 11, 2015
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Authorities in Colombia have been told they must stop using Glyphosate the controversial herbicide, that is more commonly known by Roundup it brand name.

Authorities have been using the herbicide to eradicate the illegal coca plantations by spraying them with the herbicide. Juan Manuel Santos the president of Colombia was the one who informed the military of his decision.

Santos said he would ask government officials at the next meeting of the National Drug Council to suspend all spraying of glyphosate on the illegal coca plantations.

The practice of spraying the herbicide was started in 1994. It has been treated for years as sacrosanct by officials in Colombia, who were more than happy to accept the billion of U.S. dollars from the government of the U.S. and were successful in slashing the production of cocaine that fueled the civil war in the country for the past five decades.

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However, this past March, the World Health Organization made an announcement that the herbicide glyphosate was likely a carcinogen. That prompted the cabinet of Santos to make a decision as to whether they should continue with their war through the air on coca, the raw ingredient used to make cocaine.

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