According to the latest survey by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Bolivia has 24,500ha under coca
cultivation, an increase of 7.0 per cent in a year.
"It's with these less than cheerful figures in mind that we ask you to stop promoting sugary drinks during the Coca
Cola Christmas truck tour to the general public this year - in particular to children."
Looking to the future of coca
Wine" shows how it has gained renewed interest in the scientific community for its therapeutic and nutritional properties and in the spiritual community, which is seeking to rehabilitate the reputation of coca
, the sacred plant of the Incas.
Bolivian authorities fight against illegal drug trafficking, but President Evo Morales protects the coca
Morales joined the festivities and said that no previous government "had challenged the international persecution of the traditional and medicinal use of our sacred leaf." He said that "coca
leaf was penalized, demonized, and criminalized internationally; we were even called drug dependents and coca
producers were called drug traffickers."
legalize small-scale cultivation of coca
leaf for personal use as a traditional remedy, though objecting countries, including the U.S.
Although it will take time to see if the "Coca
Yes, Cocaine No" program has a profound effect on the drug trade, the strategy has a much better chance of providing long-term results.
So polarized are the conflicting views of coca
that they defy reconciliation: on the one hand a vilified substance, the bane of civilization; and on the other an innocuous natural plant, venerated by those who are closest to it.
Morales has been accused of being a drug-trafficker, an assassin, a terrorist and a member of the coca
The nocturnal Eloria noyesi moths, known by local farmers as the gringa, lay their eggs only on coca
The story, titled "The Mystery of the Coca
Plant That Wouldn't Die," details the emergence of coca
plants that are resistant to the primary chemical used in the fumigation (glyphosate, or Roundup).The new plants were most likely created not through centralized genetic engineering carried out by a drug cartel but through decentralized selective breeding carried out by the coca