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Post by Compostwoman on 16th April 2011, 11:38 pm

As a stimulant in humans its properties are well known. Less well documented are the powers of the coca leaf to perk up the average plant.But now the authorities in Bolivia are experimenting with turning illegal coca harvests into organic fertiliser, and they say the results look promising.

Every year Bolivia confiscates almost 700 tonnes of illegal coca from drug traffickers. The government's coca director, Luis Cutipa, believes that turning this excess into fertiliser will deprive criminals of their raw material for making cocaine, much of which goes to Brazil and on to Europe. He is optimistic that compost made from coca can be made on an industrial scale.

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Post by frankbeswick on 16th April 2011, 11:48 pm

"The corruption of the best is the worst." said Aristotle, to express his view that bad is goodness corrupted. Sadly, coca has good qualities, but is corrupted by drug dealers. Take an example. My son, Peter, was travelling in the Andes when he began to suffer altiitude sickness on a bus journey. This can be fatal. When he alighted from the bus his friends took him to a hotel. The manager looked at him and immedlately orderd coca tea. As Peter took it he began to recover. The recovery was total. Without coca leaf I might have had a son dead or serioulsy ill. Why do people misuse good things?
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