History The leaves of the coca plant
were used as an anaesthetic by the Inca empire of Peru during the 1500s.
But the coca plant
will grow almost anywhere and experts warn that new suppliers in South East Asia could quickly make up any shortfall in South American supplies.
Morales is the first Bolivian president of indigenous descent and a former union leader for coca plant
Even so, international support for the coca plant
seems unlikely in the near future.
The origin and use of the coca plant
in South America have long been debated in anthropology, botany, medicine and Latin American politics.
The difference is that Morales, aside from being an authentic leader, defends the cultivation of the coca plant
in his country, but has been very clear when he says that "growing coca is not the same as drug-trafficking.
a coca plant
growing in the garden of a woman who used the leaves to treat her son's medical condition.
The coca plant
has a thousand-year history in Bolivia, but it is also the basis for cocaine.
He said 300,000 hectares of rainforest are destroyed each year in Colombia to clear land for coca plant
cultivation, which is largely controlled by illegal groups such as the left-wing guerilla organisation FARC.
The coca plant
, from which cocaine is derived, has many uses in traditional Andean culture.
In the Andes, the coca plant
has been used for thousands of years as a medicine, and even farmed by the Incas.
95) will appeal to grades 5-7 with its 104 pages of detail on cocaine use, from the history of the coca plant
and the effects cocaine has on the body to addiction and treatment issues.
The drug is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant
found in South America.
The Congressional Research Service reports that 90% of the chemicals used to convert the medicinal and spiritual coca plant
into a narcotic are manufactured in the US, with the remaining 10% manufactured in Europe, not Latin America.
As a follow up to your article "The Drug War on the Amazon," (Currents, November/December 2004), I would suggest Wired magazine's "The Mystery of the Coca Plant
That Wouldn't Die" by Joshua Davis (www.