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Essay about The Consequences of Coca Eradication in Colombia

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The Effects of Coca Eradication in Colombia A farmer fixes his brow under the hot sunshine. He began on his crops early in the morning, most likely before sunrise and will probably work before the sun goes down. He's working for his family, to support them, to give shelter and food for his wife and two sons, even for other families. However the pressures of working to support a household are only a fraction of the strain put upon this farmer. The life of this farmer and others like him Colombia is a lot more complex. If he fails to harvest his crop he will most assuredly suffer from poverty and hunger, however there are other incentives for him to toil and harvest his crop. The constant threat of the regional guerillas, paramilitary, cartels as well as his own government keeps him ever vigilant and focused on his job at hand. He and other people who share in his battles try to stay impartial but are inevitably involved in the battle for control of illicit drugs in Colombia. On one hand that this farmer is made to harvest his crop of coca, a crop which produces the illicit drug of cocaine. Colombian drug cartels, organizations that produce and traffic drugs, place massive amounts of stress on local farmers to harvest coca for the creation of cocaine. Allowed cartels pay as much as three times for its production of this illegal material, nevertheless despite this many like the farmer prefer to live a legitimate life harvesting non illegal crops. To counteract this cartels and rebels utilize the threat of pressure to the local farmers, and so the farmer, even though his pay has increased, must work because his life was threatened. On the flip side that the farmer’s own government has waged war against him. Responding to.

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