Afghan opium crisis is out of control

Afghans grow poppies, Bolivians grow coca.  Both create an international drug crisis.  You can't really blame farmers for  growing a crop which they can sell in the marketplace for a lucrative price.  It seems to me that there is a solution here ... find crops that Afghans and Bolivians can grow instead of poppies and cocoa.  How about switch grass?  ... maybe not, but there must be some crop that grows in those areas.  Then too what about subsidies.  Take some of that money used to fight the drug traffic and use it instead to subsidize framers growing a more socially acceptable crop.  We can make those new crops even more lucritive than poppies and cocoa.  There are solutions to our problems.  Why don't we reach for them?

Tags

  1. poppies
  2. cocoa
  3. afghanistan
  4. bolivia
  5. crops
  6. solutions
  7. subsidies

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