When Colombia ended aerial spraying of glyphosate, cultivation of cocaine crop surged

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After six straight years of declining or steady production, the amount of land under coca cultivation in Colombia began rising in 2014 and jumped 42 percent last year. . .

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Troops have had to wipe out coca plants manually since last year when President Juan Manuel Santos ended a two-decade-old aerial eradication program over health concerns signaled in a World Health Organization-sponsored report reclassifying the chemical herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen.

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With some people warning that Colombia will soon be awash in coca because the manual eradication process moves so slowly, Santos earlier this year decided to bring back pesticides on a more limited . . . basis.

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. . .crews will be equipped with hazardous materials suits and motor-powered sprayers worn on their backs, allowing them to spread a glyphosate substitute over longer distances.

But even those committed to the program’s success recognize its limitations and yearn for a return to the days of fumigation.

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“Without a doubt the results aren’t going to be sufficient,” Capt. Manuel Perez, a police special forces instructor. . .

Read full, original post: Coca’s Comeback Forces Colombia to Rethink Drug War

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