Deforestation in Colombia From Drug Producers

in Substance Abuse

Black market cocaine cultivation in Colombia has lead to the loss of 2.2 million hectares of tropical forests in the country.

For each hectares of cocaine that is grown, three hectares of forests is illegally logged and clear.

For each gram of cocaine consumed, four square meters of the rain forest in Colombia was illegally logged and destroyed.

(Additional cocaine facts and statistics.)

Source:  Jamie Doward, “Colombia’s endangered species at the mercy of jungle drug cartels,” Observer, October 25, 2009.

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