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Echoes of Vietnam:
"For a number of years the U.S. has sponsored herbicide spraying
in Colombia, intending to curb illegal drugs at their source. Starting
in January 2001 under U.S. oversight, the Colombian government
will escalate its "crop eradication" activities, in which aircraft spray
herbicides containing glyphosate to kill opium poppy and coca plants.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the well-known herbicide called
Roundup. Opium poppy and coca are the raw materials for making
heroin and cocaine.
Representatives of Colombian indigenous communities recently traveled
to Washington, D.C. to explain how they have been affected by spraying
that has already occurred. Glyphosate, they said, kills more than drug
crops -- it also kills food crops that many rural Colombians depend on
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