Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Bolivian FM Wants Cocaine Plant Served In School

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La Paz, Bolivia (AHN) - School lunches are routinely criticized for being too fatty or using low-grade meat. Imagine the uproar if the raw material for cocaine was offered in the lunchroom.

But that's just what Bolivia's foreign minister is recommending. He said coca leaves are so nutritious, they should be offered on school breakfast menus.

"Coca has more calcium than milk. It should be part of the school breakfast," Foreign Minister, David Choquehuanca, tells La Razon newspaper.

Bolivia's new leftist president Evo Morales supports legal uses of coca, the plant used to make cocaine. He has vowed to promote the cultivation of coca in the country.

Bolivia is the world's third largest producer of cocaine, after Colombia and Peru.


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