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Story Publication logo March 25, 2020

Growing Coca a Danger for Bolivian Forests (French)

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Brazil, 2019. Image by Alice Campaignolle.
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In Bolivia, where the Andes meets the Amazon, coca leaf is now everywhere. This plant is lucrative...

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Don Mario, coca grower, is showing coca leaves he grew. His coca crops are entirely organic. Image by Alice Campaignolle. Bolivia, 2019.
Don Mario, coca grower, is showing coca leaves he grew. His coca crops are entirely organic. Image by Alice Campaignolle. Bolivia, 2019.

Please note: the audio version of this story is in French.

Coca is devastating in Bolivia in two regions: Yungas and Chaparé, where soil pollution, deforestation, and erosion are changing the landscape and the ecological balance. But some agro-pioneers decided that things can be different. Don Mario grows ecological coca planting trees in his fields, and Huber is protecting the family forest with his six brothers.

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