Colombia’s toxic war on drugs
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Colombia is one of the world’s largest cocaine-producing countries. To fight coca production and weaken the FARC guerrilla, whose main source of revenue is narcotics trafficking, the authorities have opted for a controversial method of eradication: massive aerial spraying.
For over twenty years, and with the support of the United States, the Colombian government has sprayed a powerful herbicide called Roundup on illegal coca crops. But this chemical, produced by Monsanto, is reported to be a danger to both people’s health and the environment. Our reporters went to investigate.