“BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA – Forget Coca-Cola, a group of Colombian Indians are telling their community. Drink the real thing: coca. Nasa Indians in southwestern Colombian have launched a soft drink made from coca leaves, a staple among indigenous Colombians for centuries and the main ingredient in cocaine. The amber-colored soda, its promoters say, offers a home-grown alternative to Coca-Cola.
“People associate coca with cocaine. We wanted to convince people that coca is not the same as the drug and to allow indigenous people to be proud of the leaf,” says David Curtidor, who leads the project.
Nasa Indians grow coca legally for traditional uses, but illegal coca plantations in Colombia - the world’s largest exporter of cocaine - have been the target of an aerial fumigation program bankrolled by the United States.” - CSMonitor
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