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Pressured by U.S., Colombians uproot coca plants, wary of landmines

“One big challenge will be preventing replanting after coca crops are destroyed” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The coca gets replanted by farmers, under pressure from armed groups or on their own initiative, because they have no other way to earn a living.Armed groups have promoted planting of coca and established laboratories to produce cocaine.The national police estimate that, despite risks of long-range firearm attacks on aircraft, spraying can eradicate coca crops faster and more safely than the current approach.This year, Colombia set an ambitious goal to eradicate 80,000…

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McLaren extend F1 partnership with Coca Cola

“MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former champions McLaren have extended a partnership with Coca Cola after agreeing a short-term deal last year, the British-based Formula One team announced on Saturday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The deal with will be used to promote multiple Coca Cola drinks brands through the 21-race season that starts in Australia on Sunday. Source: 95kqds.com

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Coca Cola ‘Contemplating’ Cannabis-Infused Range

“The beverage giant is reportedly in talks with a Canadian cannabis company to create a health drink infused with cannabidiol, a naturally occurring non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant” writes unknown author for huffingtonpost.com. Shares of the company, Aurora Cannabis, closed up nearly 17% on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the report. Aurora spokeswoman Heather MacGregor said her company “has expressed specific interest in the infused-beverage space and we intend to enter that market”.The companies declined to comment on the report but acknowledged their interest in that segment of…

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New York’s first Latin American Foto Festival

“A family harvests coca leaves in Santa Rosa, Peru” writes Matt Fidler for theguardian.com. In the sacred valley of the Incas, cultivation of the plants is legal as long as farmers trade through Enaco (national coca enterprise), something they don’t entirely agree with because the state established company fixes prices and buys coca leaves at low rates. His book Coca: The Lost War explores coca as a sacred plant and cocaine through the failed war on drugs.  Source: theguardian.com

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