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Says U.S.-Backed Aerial Spray Program Must Stop
The spray program, which the U.S. finances as part of its multibillion dollar Colombian aid package, is designed to eradicate coca and other plants used to manufacture illicit drugs. Besides causing health effects such as skin rashes and other ailments, critics say the program indiscriminately wipes out legitimate subsistence crops, natural plants, and kills birds, mammals and aquatic life. (See the September 6, 2002 photo story)
The aerial spray program will continue as the Colombian government appeals the ruling. Critics disagree with U.S. and Colombian officials who say that the program has resulted in a significant reduction in drug crops in the country.
For background information on this issue, see Colombian Governors Protest U.S.-Backed Aerial Herbicide Spraying, Environmentalists Call on UN to Urge Columbia to Halt Aerial Spraying for Drug Eradicationand EPA Report Criticizes Herbicide Mix in Columbian Coca Eradication.