December 27, 2008 |
Cocaine repels most insects -- which is why the coca plant makes the chemical in the first place. But in a surprising new finding, U.S. and Australian researchers reported Friday that honeybees are susceptible to the drug's insidious lure. They become addicted, and even suffer withdrawal symptoms when they no longer have access.
June 8, 2003 |
For the first time in at least a decade, the amount of coca grown in Colombia is falling sharply, largely the result of an aggressive, U.S.-backed aerial fumigation campaign. Repeated spraying by crop-dusters plus government programs to encourage farmers to pull up coca plants have reduced Colombia's coca, the source of cocaine, by 38% to 252,000 acres in the past three years, according to a United Nations study released this year.
December 20, 2001 |
When Ilia Garcia signed up for a U.S.-backed program to eradicate her coca bushes eight months ago, she thought Uncle Sam had answered her prayers for a better life. She promised to uproot all her coca shrubs, the raw material used to make cocaine, in return for a government gift of two healthy cows. The cows haven't arrived. Nor have the fertilizer and pigs promised to her neighbors. Then, last month, U.S.
October 3, 2005 |
U.S. Ambassador William B. Wood urged Colombia to spray weedkiller in the country's nature parks to destroy coca, the plant from which cocaine is derived. He said the chemicals would not cause widespread damage to the reserves' ecosystems. Harried by eradication campaigns elsewhere, drug traffickers have in recent years streamed into the parks, where spraying is banned. There, they have torn down thousands of acres of virgin rainforest to plant coca.
April 21, 2013 |
Despite a diverse range of topics -- Mexican food, the coca plant, the world's most complicated watch and the federal duck stamp art program -- the authors participating in Saturday's Festival of Books panel discussion "A Singular Passion" all described similar experiences when it came to writing an entire book on a single, seemingly niche topic. Among them were the "a ha" moments when it first became apparent that the topic they were researching, writing or talking about deserved a deeper treatment.
December 16, 2009 |
Spraying 800 pounds of herbicides on coca over treacherous terrain while getting shot at is not everyone's idea of a good time. But for Dave, a 35-year-old crop-duster from Texas turned "top gun" of Tumaco, it's a "kick in the pants." Every day, weather permitting, the admitted adrenaline junkie starts up his armored plane, a bulky craft that resembles a horse trailer with wings. Then he zooms off from a tiny airport here on Colombia's Pacific coast to do his part in the drug war, a highly choreographed aerial ballet in which he and three other pilots flying in tight formation dump their chemicals.