Trump urges Colombia to restart aerial glyphosate weedkiller spraying to wipe out coca crops

A plane fumigates a coca field with glyphosate. Credit: LUCA ZANETTI/LAIF/REDUX

Colombia will have to restart aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate in order to destroy crops of coca, the chief ingredient of cocaine, U.S. President Donald Trump said on [March 2] during a meeting with his Colombian counterpart Ivan Duque.

The South American country aims to eradicate 130,000 hectares (321,237 acres) of coca by using a range of tools, including the possible re-introduction of aerial fumigation with glyphosate.

“You’re going to have to spray,” Trump told journalists at a White House meeting with Duque. “If you don’t spray you’re not going to get rid of (the coca), so you have to spray with regard to the drugs in Colombia.”

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