Bolivia's Coca Culture

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The coca plant, used in indigenous cultural rituals and traditional medicines, is also the main ingredient for cocaine. Bolivia is the third largest producer of coca and cocaine after Peru and Colombia. Despite pressure to cut back on coca farming, many Bolivians see few alternatives.

Featured on Foreign Exchange with Daljit Dhaliwal the week of September 19, 2008.


Bolivia's Coca Culture
Directed by Gabrielle Weiss
Produced by Ruxandra Guidi, Bear Guerra and Gabrielle Weiss
In association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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One of the more important

One of the more important factors, omitted in this video, is the efficacy of the coca leaf at high altitudes which has been medically demonstrated to help the body better utilize the scarce oxygen inherent in high altitude living.

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