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  • Incluso se habla de un incremento en la producción de coca en la región Andina.
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  • El año pasado se erradicaron 12,232 hectáreas de coca.
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Cultural Note: coca

Andean peasants in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador chew coca leaves mixed with bicarbonate of soda to combat cold and tiredness while working. They also make mate de coca, an infusion effective against altitude sickness. Much of the coca grown in the region goes to Colombia and reaches Europe and the US as cocaine. Governments in the region are now under heavy international pressure to stop its cultivation, but coca farmers defend their right to grow it, both for their own use and because it is so profitable.