Spraying Poison in Colombia

Spraying Poison in Colombia
Posted by FoM on August 04, 2001 at 08:58:06 PT
Source: Chicago Tribune 
Children in southern Colombia have developed sores on their skin. Potatoes and onions, a staple of poor families in rural provinces there, are drying out. Colombians have been stricken with bloody diarrhea from contaminated drinking water.Governors, senators, farmers, Indian groups and others from the region are blaming those ailments, along with environmental and agricultural fallout, on a U.S.-funded anti-narcotics program of aerial fumigation under way there. The U.S. and Colombia dispute the claims that the local population is at risk from an American-made chemical--glyphosate, used in herbicide products like RoundUp--that is being sprayed to eradicate illegal crops of coca and heroin poppy.
But the people on whom the stuff is falling disagree. They want it stopped. They argue that it has harmed communities, livestock, fish and food supplies.The Bush administration should listen to them. The aerial spraying is a centerpiece of its $1.3 billion Plan Colombia assault on cocaine and heroin production in Colombia. However, after fumigating 128,000 acres of coca, indications are the effort has only succeeded in pushing growers to relocate their crops."All of us involved in this process are enemies of narcotrafficking," observed Gov. Parmenio Cuellar of Narino province, one of two governors who recently visited Washington, with Colombian legislators, to lobby for an end to aerial defoliation in their provinces. Instead, they propose a program of manual eradication (such as spraying on the ground), combined with alternative crop development programs. Cuellar said that despite years of fumigation, the size of the coca crop in Colombia has continued expanding. The U.S. General Accounting Office concluded the same thing in a 1999 report.As for Plan Colombia, Gov. Floro Alberto Tunubala Paja of Cauca province said, "The great majority of Colombians don't agree with it because they were not consulted." Colombia's human rights ombudsman, Eduardo Cifuentes Munoz, has demanded a suspension of fumigation. He questions the lack of an environmental management plan and information about the effects of the chemicals used in the spray.On top of that, now the United Nations has demanded an audit of the crop-dusting, calling it "ineffective." Neighboring Ecuador has asked that fumigation be kept 6 miles away from its border, due to concerns about the spray drifting.The health concerns are grave enough. But members of Congress increasingly question U.S. military aid under Plan Colombia, given the Colombian military's human rights record and its links with right-wing paramilitary groups accused of committing 70 percent of the nation's political murders. That violence has grown since U.S. aid started flowing.President Bush and Colombian President Andres Pastrana invested much in this policy, but it's becoming a disaster.Bush came into office quite correctly questioning the value of waging war on foreign drug traffickers without a strong program at home to quash demand. What happened? If Plan Colombia proves anything, it's that spending the money in the U.S.--on drug education and treatment programs--would be wiser.Source: Chicago Tribune (IL)Published: August 4, 2001Copyright: 2001 Chicago Tribune CompanyContact: ctc-TribLetter Tribune.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Colombia Drug War News Additive To Herbicide Sprayed on Crops Withdrawn Orange, All Over Again Articles - Glyphosate 
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Comment #11 posted by observer on September 16, 2015 at 12:34:21 PT
Monsatan Knows Full Well About Glyphosate Cancers
Monsantoís Sealed Documents Reveal the Truth behind Roundupís Toxicological Dangers; Sept 11, 2015 problem is that people are weak and worthless - not able to fully withstand the goodness of Monsanto's Glyphosate.  People aren't RoundUp-Ready(tm), like that virtuous GMO RoundUp-Ready corn over there. This mirrors the situation of people (i.e., citizens/perps) with relation to this government. Government, in goodness and with pure motives, decides all the new ways every year (laws) that the people-perps just aren't good enough for government. They need to be arrested and jailed for myriad things they were able to do from time immemorial, until the lawmakers in government decided the people-perps should no longer engage in some activity which they had previous peacefully engaged in. People aren't good enough for government. They need to be arrested. Shot dead, quick-like: if they give the arresting officer any lip, or back-talk, too, in any way. All Hail Monsatan Death Angel Government! May people one day be pure enough, to be worthy of the goodness of this pure and righteous government.
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Comment #10 posted by observer on March 25, 2015 at 13:04:49 PT
More Evidence RoundUp/Glyphosate Causes Cancer
"concluding that there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals. Glyphosate also caused DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells,", it may cause people to drop like flies, but it was all worth it, because of Jesus:RoundUp--that is being sprayed to eradicate illegal crops of coca and heroin poppySee? Good, Godly reasons. I mean, saving the kids from dope is what Jesus told us to do, so a little collateral damage with Glyphosate is right as RoundUp(tm) rain - as long as we is savin' th' children from dope - keeping the kids off of drugs. Who cares what some dope-smoking decriminalization-pushing Legalizer tell us? They are obviously out to legalize illegal drugs for kids, so what they say about glyphosate is just the dope talking. RoundUp for Jesus, forever! Amen.
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Comment #9 posted by observer on January 20, 2015 at 11:16:42 PT
Roundup Herbicide: A Kidney-Killer?
Roundup (glyphosate). Like Agent Orange (same company, Monsanto) - that's the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. (Er, year, decade, decades: whatever.)
Roundup Herbicide: A Kidney-Killer?, Sayer Ji, Jan. 19 2015
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Comment #8 posted by observer on September 21, 2014 at 23:23:57 PT
Roundup: Lethal at Small Doses
Just no end to the nasty news about this Monsanto monstrosity.
"The glyphosate formulation studied also triggered two 'death proteins' in human cells known as caspase 3/7, inducing pathways that activate programmed cell death (apoptosis), a clear sign of significant toxicity."
(September 20th, 2014) So naturally I'd expect Roundup sales to "blossom" this season. 
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Comment #7 posted by observer on September 14, 2014 at 17:10:13 PT
Monsato Round-up (Glyphosate) Celiac Disease = ... the police state "gift" that keeps on giving!
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on October 30, 2012 at 11:59:26 PT
Comment 5
Oh my gosh!I don't doubt it. It's nasty stuff and it's all over the place including in our food.
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Comment #5 posted by observer on October 30, 2012 at 11:43:33 PT
Glyphosate: Parkinson and more
Monsantoís Roundup, Glyphosate Linked to Parkinsonís and Similar DiseasesElizabeth Renter, October 30, 2012
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Comment #4 posted by observer on April 07, 2005 at 23:52:37 PT
Roundup (glyphosate) highly lethal to amphibians
Roundup (glyphosate) highly lethal to amphibians, finds University of Pittsburgh researcher (03 Apr 2005) 
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Comment #3 posted by freedom fighter on August 07, 2001 at 19:41:49 PT
Round- up fight
Bring a bottle of clear liquid to your workPour the liquid in a cup during your lunchtime with your co-workers.Ask your co-workers if they would drink this cup of water laced with round-up weed/people killer.And ask them why they are paying taxes to do to someone else..ff
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Comment #2 posted by green on August 04, 2001 at 11:25:10 PT
heaving a heavy sigh
ah well human stupidity is infinite
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on August 04, 2001 at 09:20:40 PT:
due to expand from 12 to 26 aircraft 
The police crop-duster fleet is due to expand from 12 to 26 aircraft over the next nine months. Mrs Patterson says that the spraying programme is only now getting up to full speed and that Plan Colombia will stem the rise in coca cultivation within 18 months. Maybe, but American officials have been chasing the mirage of victory in the Andean coca war for two decades now.
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