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How Coca Leaf Became Colombia’s New Superfood

No other plant in human history has been as demonized as coca. In 1961, it was placed on the Schedule I list at the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which stated that "The Parties shall so far as possible enforce the uprooting of...

Bolivian President Acknowledges Coca Production Diverted to Black Market

(Q24N) Bolivian President Evo Morales acknowledged that part of his country’s coca production is being diverted to an illegal market. “Unfortunately, part of the coca crop goes to an illegal coca market in the West,” Morales said in his closing speech at the Coca Fair,...

Peru Deploys Army To Stop Cocaine Production

(Q24N) The Peruvian government wants to replace coca farms with alternative forms of agriculture, but first it must retake over 50,000 hectares of land from rebels. Thus, for the first time, the Peruvian army will enter criminally controlled coca-growing areas as part of a plan...