Colombia Votes to Suspend Use of Herbicide Linked to Cancer

Colombia will suspend aerial fumigation of illegal coca plants after a number of studies found the herbicide to be a likely carcinogen.
The fumigation activities have been a decades-long strategy in the country’s fight against drug trafficking.
Colombia, which produces an estimated 300 tonnes of cocaine per year, has fumigated the illicit coca crops with financial and technical help from the United States, using the herbicide gly-phosate.
The strategy also included spraying of poppies, used to make heroin.
Health minister, Alejandro Gaviria cited various scientific reports, including one by the World Health Organization, that suggest the weed killer is a likely carcinogenic to humans.
He added the National Narcotics Council voted 7 to 1 late Thursday to suspend the activities.