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DISPATCH FROM THE HEART OF PERU'S COCAINE WAR


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Cal
- 633 days ago - worldcrunch.com
The economics of drug production and the fight for control of the drug trade in Peru.



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Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Friday December 21, 2012, 1:50 pm
Those are less than two years old and I can reap a harvest every three months,” explains the family man. The 80 bags of leaves are worth 6,250 sols ($2,465), four times a year. Coffee or cocoa is only worth 4,000 sols ($1,554) once a year. "Coca puts bread on the table and lets me send my children to school,” Miguel says matter-of-factly.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 5:34 am
Noted,thanks.
 

Jaime A. (32)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 6:18 am
Noted.
 

Patricia H. (468)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 8:37 am
noted
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 8:51 am
Noted & posted. It's always the little guys that get squeezed in the "between a rock and a hard place" press. If there wasn't a market for it there wouldn't be the supply. Quit using it.
 

Phyllis P. (416)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 6:08 pm
I understand their need to make a lliving, but it's the root of evil. Ask any cocaine addict.
 

Arthur S. (88)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 7:10 pm
Thanks Cal~
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 2:54 am
Thanks.
 

Paul Wellman (1)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 1:52 pm
I see no problem with these people making money growing cocaine. It sounds like it is perfectly suited to their environment and makes decent money for them. If there was not a “war” on drugs the trade could be done on the open market the gangsters would have to seek alternative “illegal” means to make a living.
If someone wants to use cocaine, pot, alcohol, etc. it is not a problem to anyone if the drug is used in moderation. I know a LOT more people who's life has been ruined by alcohol, a few that were ruined by cocaine and almost no one that were ruined by pot. The problem is always the addiction not the drug.
Just like prohibition was not the answer to alcoholics -
The war on cocaine, etc. will not be the answer here. The war only serves to punish these poor people who are just trying to make a living. Just like all people everywhere.
If we want to do good why not pour funding into helping people with behavioral problems cope.
This would be wise use of dollars and resources whether the behavioral problem was drug addiction or a tendency towards violent behavior.
The moral – make love not war.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Friday December 28, 2012, 10:40 am
Thanks
 
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