Colombia has announced it will stop using glyphosate, a controversial herbicide used in aerial fumigations to destroy illegal coca plantations.
For the last two decades, glyphosate has been used to remove the leaves of the coca plant in Colombia. The World Health Organization considers glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic.”
The herbicide has been used in other crop-spraying anti-narcotics programs across South America and is sponsored by the United States.
“I am going to ask the government officials in the National Drug Council at their next meeting to suspend glyphosate spraying of illicit cultivations,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said. “The recommendations and studies reviewed by the Ministry of Health show clearly that yes, this risk exists,” referencing the WHO warning on probable cancer risks.