Thursday, October 14, 2010

Parasites inside our military brain - opium production: breathtaking - kew gardens to the fields of afghanistan - helicopter gunship tour of Dope Inc.

From Kew Gardens to the Fields of Afghanistan: Is It Live or is it Livery?

Afghanistan is, as of March, 2008, the greatest illicit [only because it is forced to] opium producer in the world, ahead of Burma (Myanmar) and the "Golden Triangle". Afghanistan is the main producer of opium in "Golden Crescent". Opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since the downfall of the Taliban in 2001. Based on UNODC data, there has been more opium poppy cultivation in each of the growing seasons (2004–2007) than in any one year during Taliban rule.

Opium production (pre-Taliban to post-Taliban Afghanistan)

Also, more land is now used for opium in Afghanistan than for coca cultivation in Latin America. In 2007, 93% of the opiates on the world market originated in Afghanistan. This amounts to an export value of about $64 billion, with a quarter being earned by opium farmers and the rest going to district officials, insurgents, warlords and drug traffickers. In the seven years (1994–2000) prior to a Taliban opium ban, the Afghan farmers' share of gross income from opium was divided among 200,000 families. In addition to opiates, Afghanistan is also the largest producer of hashish in the world. Afghanistan produces more opium than food, consequently Afghanistan is forced into importing most of its food.

Prior to British rule in India opium was virtually unknown.

Gunship tour over poppy fields - Afghanistan

Opiate smuggling routes from Afghanistan to Europe and Asia

Poppy production in Afghanistan by Provence

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