At the intersection of politics, technology and economics
Another episode in the "War on Drugs".
Apparently there is now through assisted natural selection a herbicide-resistant Coca plant - The Mystery of the Coca Plant That Wouldn't Die.
Follow the money...
- "The coke habit in the US alone was worth $35 billion in 2000" - which means lots of money for corrupt folks in both Columbia and the United States.
- "US aid to Colombia totaled more than $750 million last year ... About 20 percent of the money was devoted to maintaining a fleet of crop dusters and support planes" - which works out to something under $150 million in RoundUp sales for Monsanto, and over $600 million distributed by the Columbian government.
That makes for a lot of folks who want things to stay pretty much as-is.