Why US-Backed Colombian Drug Policy Is On Its Way Out
A U.S.-backed anti-drug policy in Colombia could be terminated because of criticism from multiple fronts.By Kate Grumke | May 7, 2015
For more than 15 years, crop dusting planes funded by the U.S. have been flying over fields in Colombia, spraying Roundup to try to eradicate the coca plant used to make cocaine.
But now that program may be on its last legs as it faces growing criticism on multiple fronts.
Last week Colombia's president announced he wants to suspend the program, after the country's health ministry called for an end to fumigations, citing health concerns about the chemical that is sprayed to get rid of the plants. (Video via Presidencia de la República - Colombia)