Toxic Crop Dusting

With President Trump’s urging, the government of Colombia will resume aerial fumigation of coca crops later this year.

The practice of spraying crops with glyphosate, a carcinogenic weed-killer, was halted in 2015. Since then, the government has used manual eradication by workers and small-scale drone-spraying.

Restarting the program, Colombia says, will “increase capacity to confront drug trafficking,” but experts say spraying doesn’t curtail larger cocaine production. It also puts rural residents and their environment at serious risk and may displace planting to national parks where spraying is illegal.


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