To stop cocaiane they have spray large areas with huge crop killers.My idea would to provide afganistan and iraq, a total free market to america. This would hopely provide the chance to sell somthing where the farmers could make more moeny than poppies, though i do not know if that is possible.
cube @ 12.09.04 - 11:31 am
To make poppy less profitable than food? That can only happen if the addicts in the West get an alternative source. The only other option I see is to make poppy farming dangerous - but that wouldn't take the revenue down by much, because it will just get more expensive. Destroying poppy crop cheaply and in large quantities might help, but I'm not sure if there's a legal basis for that. I don't know if it's doable and who can do it.The problem with heroin is that some people want it, and they want it badly enough to commit crimes and pay a lot of monet for it. Dealing with the demand side of the equation can be even more difficlt than the supply side.
Ivan Lenin @ 12.09.04 - 12:14 pm
Well my idea revoles around one assumption. Poppie farming is profitable, but it MAY NOT be profitable for the farmers (it might even be a little dangerous).So you only have to find a crop that the FARMERS can make close to as much money, and loose the danger factor (of couse you will have the mob reprisal effect, that will need to be dealt with)
cube @ 12.10.04 - 10:05 am
As always, fox news is about 8 days behind me.
Poppies are not a cash crop for Afghan farmers. Most of them eke out a hand-to-mouth existence by selling poppies to rich drug lords. So the Afghan government, with U.S. support, is trying to convince farmers there to try a new crop, one that would be more profitable and beneficial