'We use pesticides because the pests eat through the coca
leaves and this affects our income.
But Sugar Smart UK, run by food charity Sustain, has written an open letter to Coca
Cola criticising the "continued promotion of sugary drinks to children, young people and the general population during the holiday season".
Wine" also explores the botany of coca
, how it differs from cocaine, its traditional use in pre-Columbian America, and scientific studies on coca
from the 17th through 19th centuries, including from Sigmund Freud, who was a known user.
In summer 2013, the Bolivian Government announced the launch of the industrial production of medicines from coca
Defensor del Pueblo Rolando Villena Villagra, also a member of the opposition, lauded the reentry to the Single Convention with the exception of the ban on coca-leaf chewing and considered it "an enormous step toward revaluing the sacred coca
leaf and the rights of indigenous nations.
Morales, a member of the Aymara indigenous group, has argued that coca
leaf-chewing, which provides mild stimulation, is an integral part of indigenous Andean cultures that has been practiced for centuries and served as a traditional herbal remedy.
Thousands make their living from coca
farming in Bolivia, making this move a necessity.
sprayed since 2000 1.8 million acres (nearly the size of Yellowstone Park) Retail price of Roundup herbicide $91 million needed to cover that area Amount paid to Dyncorp to oversee $174 million eradication in 2005 Coca
cultivation in 2000 337,000 to 404,000 acres Coca
cultivation in 2005 212,500 to 356,000 acres Area of primary forest replaced by 241,000 acres coca
fields since 2000 Percentage of coca
detected in 2005 44% that was found in areas where coca
had not grown previously Percentage of area sprayed in the 40% coca-rich district of Putumayo that actually contained legal crops or forest Change in U.S.
Yet in Andean cities like Cuzco and La Paz, even tourists casually sip coca
tea to ease their transition from sea level to high altitude.
Today, one can see deputies chewing coca
leaves in the halls of Parliament.
THE INSATIABLE appetite of a caterpillar native to Central and South America may help to destroy Colombia's coca
plant--the raw ingredient for cocaine.