The Bolivia Reader: History, Culture, Politics
The Coca War
Testimony of Chapare Peasants, Alison Spedding, 2018. "The Coca War", The Bolivia Reader: History, Culture, Politics, Sinclair Thomson, Rossana Barragán, Xavier Albó, Seemin Qayum, Mark Goodale
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In the U.S. War on Drugs in the Andes, one of the stated aims was to eliminate the production of raw material for cocaine, although in Bolivia the traditional cultivation and consumption of coca leaf was so well established that it would be impossible to eradicate the crop completely. The 1988 Law on Coca and Controlled Substances (Law 1008), written with United States oversight, established a limit on traditional coca production and declared all the rest to be “in excess” and destined for drug production. Peasant farmers in these “excess” zones who agreed to uproot their coca fields received cash...