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Biofuels push becomes weapon in Colombia's war on narco-traffickers
Source : nytimes.com
A farmer smiles as he surveys his 25-acre palm plantation in the steamy hill country near the Venezuelan border. Government support for biodiesel has spurred a robust demand for palm oil that has put 50% more income into the pocket of farmer Misael Monsalve Moreno. He is almost finished replacing his family's cramped wooden shack with a new brick house. It is hard to believe, he said, that just five years ago he and many of his neighbors were growing coca - the main ingredient for cocaine - for Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC), a narco-trafficking rebel group that then controlled this part of the Catatumbo region. "Everybody was growing coca around this area", he said. "I have to say the truth. Everyone had to grow coke."
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3 May 2011 |
South & Latin America
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