Colombia Will Stop Spraying Monsanto’s RoundUp On Illegal Coca Plants

May 11, 2015   |   John Vibes

John Vibes
May 11, 2015

(ANTIMEDIAIn a statement released last month, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide “RoundUp”,  is “probably carcinogenic.”

The report indicated studies that “sufficiently demonstrated” that this substance caused cancer in animals. According to multiple reports, Monsanto was well aware that this chemical caused cancer for decades yet still continued to sell it.

In light of this recent announcement, many countries in Latin America are banning the chemical while others are cutting back its use within their borders.

It was reported this week that the Colombian government will stop using glyphosate to destroy illegal coca plants, which will eventually be used in the production of cocaine.

“I am going to ask the government officials in the National Drug Council at their next meeting to suspend glyphosate spraying of illicit cultivations,President Juan Manuel Santos said.

The recommendations and studies reviewed by the Ministry of Health show clearly that yes, this risk exists,” he added.

Not only does this spraying affect users of cocaine, but farmers have complained that indiscriminate spraying of this chemical has caused entire fields of coffee and other legal crops to be totally destroyed and poisoned.

Related: Head of DEA Resigns Over Colombia Sex Scandal

Other countries in the region, like Ecuador and Peru, also use this chemical to kill coca crops, but so far Colombia is the first and only country to make this type of declaration. A global movement known as the March Against Monsanto will take place on May 23rd to oppose the use of Roundup and other Monsanto products around the world.


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John Vibes joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in October of 2014. His topics of interest include agorism, anarchism, consciousness, the Drug War, and spirituality. Born in Philadelphia, he currently resides in Maryland.

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  1. This is hilarious, what a box of chocolates. Really? I say decriminalized drugs. That will take the whole criminal element out of the equation. Have free supervised injection site's. There are real drugs that mimic cocaine, and its given to most male children in the states. Yes, they mostly grow up emotionally retarded. The reason why is their immature eggshell mind stays numb and the emotional centers are not used so the rest of the brain robs that space during the growing process. The result is a basic sociopath. Amphetamine salts used by an adult is much different.The brain is fully mature, and if taken properly gives the same reaction as cocaine. It is used for add/adhd patients regularly. Heroin the down side drug and pain reliever is also loved by millions, or even billions of people, again regularly used by medical field and like cocaine heavily addicting. Studies show its why the addiction, but WHY THE PAIN. Only 19% of people get addicted to it after being on it for a period of time. Most female addicts were sexually abused as a child, and men not as much, but the history of being abused in some way 99.999% prevalent. Many don't know, or wasn't knowingly abused, but remember the immature brain is very fragile. The first million years of human evolution happened in the wild. PTSD, and other inflictions of the brain are totally natural for this kind of living. Cannabis is a pro life drug, and has no addiction as far as physically or mentally, but very much liked by this who choose to use it. Having a supervised injection site will keep drugs away from where the don't belong, and will take the sandwich out of the equation to take a bite out of crime…. Let the idea sink in, and watch Brain Development and addiction, on You Tube.

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  2. Este es el tipo de artículos desinformativos que aprovechan los enemigos de la vida en Colombia! Empezando por la foto y el título, y siguiendo con la frase de "Not only does this spraying affect users of cocaine, but farmers have complained that indiscriminate spraying of this chemical…". Se supone que al autor se preocupa por los usuarios de cocaína y los efectos del glifosato??? acaso no sabe la porquería que es la cocaína y cómo la hacen? Existen otros usos de la coca que no son cocaína y no afectan la salud! Coca no es para nada sinónimo de cocaína! es una planta sagrada!

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  3. Thanks Columbia, the entire world was sick of that poison, I'd imagine.
    Not like any less people are going to do drugs. Ya know?
    If they made drugs legal interest would be lost rather quickly, there's already population control on a global scale.

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  4. Actually, the cocaine is a natural origined molecule, and is not sinthetized nor made by human hands. The chemicals stand for separate the molecule, from the rest of the plant, not to modify. Take some advice: less Youtube videos, more Pharmacology and Pharmacy Chemicals books. The leafs of coca, contain cocaine, and that is what cause the effects of the leaf eaten. Cocaine stands for Erythroxylum coca, just as the THC stands for the Cannabis sativa: the molecule is laying there waiting for someone to smoke, or eat it (if smoked, it absorve from the lungs, if eaten, it absorves from the stomach, and if sniffed, it absorve from the mucosa of the nose).

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  5. Emerson Kauê da Silva Off course, Emerson, I know cocaine is a molecule, but what Im saying is that the "sniffing dust" called cocaine, spread all over the word is a very nocive stuff, compared with the sacred and nutritive uses of the coca leaves, just as the indigenous people of all south america uses it…

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  6. Its Just a matter of concentration. The cocaine powder is much more concentrated, and its users will be exposed to a much higher risk, than the ones who eat it. But both can be controlled. There are a majority of users who control their addiction, and can have a Life while using cocaíne, marijuana, LSD or any drug they do. The problem is much more in the user, than in the drug, and that is THE THING which hás not been seeing for some countries, and is well viewed by some.

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  7. Emerson Kauê da Silva concentration and a sense of sacrality that, we, "white people" (not indígenous), dont really have…

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  8. Emerson Kauê da Silva concentration and a sense of sacrality that, we, "white people" (not indígenous), dont really have…

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  9. people who do not use drugs are EXTREMELY INTOLERANT of people who do .. it is hypocrisy to the nth degree when these same people drink alcohol , smoke tobacco and drink coffee being completely unaware THEY are addicted

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  10. "World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide “RoundUp”, is “probably carcinogenic.”"

    Yup, Roundup is "probably carcinogenic" just like salt, sugar, licorice, coffee… as long as you aren't bathing in the stuff, it's totally safe. Before I serve GMO produce to my children, I make sure to wash the fruit or vegetable thoroughly. Remember – drinking too much water is poisonous. Don't drink Roundup and you'll be OK!

    John Vibes, you might want to get up to date information on the dangers of glyphosates. Here are two articles I can recommend:
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/iarc-misclassification-of-glyphosate-as-group-2a-probable-carcinogen-300053762.html
    http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/03/23/is-glyphosate-herbicide-linked-to-gmos-carcinogenic-not-if-science-matters/

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  11. How much did THEY pay you!!! (because, you know, no one would ever just post a comment like you did because they care about the truth)

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  12. You know you've made it as an evil megacorp when columbians wont use your product because of it's effects on it's users and neighborhoods.

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  13. Unlike salt, sugar, licorice, coffee, it is designed to kill. They shouldn't be mass spraying any kind of herbicide at all. War on drugs is harmful to us all. Drug abuse and deaths are reduced by legalization and rehab instead of shaming and prison.

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  14. Anyone know a good non-gmo gluten free vegan cruelty free cocaine dealer?

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  15. Fred Flinstone LOL, you are funny. Fred Flintstones is absolutely correct. That's funny, you are already surrounded by using people, so there ya go. It won't change a thing then. The addict won't commit crime if its free, and the cost would be 10% of what it costs to keep them in prison. You won't even notice the change because you aren't living in that world. Addict will be able bodied citizens, and just like any other person, in the states anyway.

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  16. Emerson Kauê da Silva You're an idiot! Telling people less Youtube and more Pharmacology? Your whole comment sounds like you're a moron! In order to get cocaine from the Coca Leaves they have to be processed with specific chemicals like Diethyl ether for example. You try to ACT intelligent but you're not, at least not on this specific subject matter. Maybe you should read more Pharmacology literature.

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