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Citing Cancer Fears, Colombia Ends US-Backed Toxic Fumigation Program


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Citing Cancer Fears, Colombia Ends US-Backed Toxic Fumigation Program

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The Colombian government on Thursday night said it would halt the toxic fumigation of coca plant fields, defying a U.S.-backed program that has been in place for decades.

In announcing the decision, Colombian health minister Alejandro Gaviria cited concerns that the active ingredient in the herbicide—glyphosate—causes cancer. The World Health Organization reported in March that the weedkiller, widely used in Mosanto's Roundup products, was "probably carcinogenic to humans."


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"I would recommend attacking the links in the chain of drug trafficking, the labs where cocaine is processed, the large shipments of chemicals, which is really where the hard drug trafficking is, where organized crime is," Mejía told the Times.

He could have said, "end the War on Drugs and no more problem", but was not about to lose his WOD funding. So he copped out.