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Cocaine: Much is known about the damage done by this drug in the United States; yet how much is actually known of its impact at its source? Though most processed cocaine comes from Colombia, more than half of the coca paste from which the drug is made originates in the vast jungle slopes shared by Bolivia and Peru. People here have chewed coca leaves for centuries, but only over the last twenty years has coca become a major cash crop. Now it supports local economies, feeds inflation, and affects the social behavior of Peruvians. Edmundo Morales, a Peruvian who is now a drug researcher in the United States, has conducted an extensive study of this underground economy to show how cocaine has changed the social, cultural, economic, and political climate of Peru--and why government efforts are unable to stop it. With statistics on coca agriculture, a description of coca-paste manufacturing, and an examination of the industry's social structure, Morales's book is an inside look at the qwhite gold rushq that only a Peruvian could have written. It offers a new perspective for understanding a problem that is usually seen only as it affects our own society, and it proposes a new look at policies directed toward its control.White Gold Rush in Peru Edmundo Morales ... The total cost of planting ten thousand coca plants is approximately 1, 100, 000 soles including extra days of inspection and ... Until the plants reach maturity, at about eighteen months, coca growers have to weed the coca plants. ... The average crop yield of tipleos is one arroba, three arrobas, and six arrobas of dried leaves at the first, second, and thirdanbsp;...

Author:Edmundo Morales
Publisher:University of Arizona Press - 1989


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