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About 1.4 million people cultivate opium in southern Afghanistan. Due to this farming, the water level is decreasing rapidly.

  • Since 2001, about 74 million 10 lakh acres of forest have been destroyed for cocaine production.
  • In 2019, opium cultivation was being done in the same area as 3 lakh 37 thousand football fields, this area is 23 times more than Paris.

Tim Shaonberg. The drug market is growing rapidly worldwide. Cocaine is being produced on a large scale, opium has also been in trend since the last decade. In addition, the market for synthetic drugs in the Netherlands is increasing and cannabis is being legalized in some countries.

According to the United Nations, 26.9 million people worldwide were using drugs in the year 2018. It is now known that drugs harm our health, but very few people are aware that drugs can also seriously affect the environment.

Hemp production in America costs 1% of the country’s total energy
In 2018, the number of people using cannabis was 19.2 million and if tobacco and alcohol are removed, then this intoxication is also the most popular worldwide. Efforts to legalize marijuana in America are also in full swing. Its market in the country is billions of dollars. However, a large part of the country’s resources is spent on its production. According to an estimate, 1% of the country’s total energy is spent in the production of cannabis.

The University of California Davis report states “Indoor production of marijuana within a year in the US emits about 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to the emissions of 3 million cars every year.”

Water also increases stress
The cannabis plant requires a lot of water. This plant requires twice as much water as tomatoes or grapes. 70% of marijuana used in the US is produced in California alone. In such large farming, every day a plant needs 22 liters of water. Scientists at the California Department of Fisheries and Wildlife have speculated that this illegal cultivation outside has reduced the water level in many places.

The forests are being cleared for cocaine
According to the United Nations, Colombia had the capacity to produce 1120 tonnes of pure cocaine in the year 2018. Since 2001, more than 3 lakh hectares (about 74 million 1 million acres) of forests have been cleared for cultivation of coca (cocaine plant). The latest satellite data from geographer Paulo Sandoval at the University of Oregon suggests that 50,000 hectares of coca are cultivated only in the Amazon region of Colombia.

Coca leaves are not only grown in the forest. They are also produced in the Intelligence Lab. Many dangerous chemicals are used in this work such as ammonia, acetone, and hydrochloric acid. Scientists have estimated that millions of liters of material are dumped into the soil and rivers. The 2015 EU report states that there is only a small number of plants and animals living in such polluted waters.

However, the Colombian government is fighting a fight against Coca. In this expedition, high concentration herbicide glyphosate was sprayed with airplanes. Much of the coca crop has ended in this manner, but it has also damaged nearby forests and fields.

Columbia President Ivan Duke surveying coca plantations.  His government is eliminating coca with the help of herbicide.

Columbia President Ivan Duke surveying coca plantations. His government is eliminating coca with the help of herbicide.

The name of MDMA also came in the ongoing drugs controversy in Bollywood
In recent years, alleged party drugs have become quite popular. Belgium and the Netherlands remain hotspots for synthetic drugs. One kilogram of MDMA produces 10 kg of toxic waste. Such wastes may include sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acids, and acetone. These substances are usually disposed of by wearing protective suits.

The Dutch Water Research Institute (KWR) has estimated that in 2017, around 7,000 tonnes of material has either been dumped in drums or dumped into the ground and rivers. A report by Dutch public broadcaster NOS was run, showing how dangerous these liquids can be. In this report, scientists dipped the chicken’s leg in a yellow sodium hydroxide solution. Two days later the flesh completely dissolved and only the bone was left.

The water level in Afghanistan is decreasing
According to the UN, in 2019, opium cultivation was taking place on land as high as 3 lakh 37 thousand football fields in the world. This area is 23 times the total size of Paris. The main producers of opium are Myanmar, Mexico, and Afghanistan. 84% of the world’s opium is grown in these countries.

Poppy fields are more spread in the southwestern regions of Afghanistan. In these areas, there was nothing but desert in the 1990s, but now some 14 lakh people are running their homes with opium and other farming. A big hand in making these areas green is the solar energy pump running 50 thousand water.

A report by socio-economist David Mansfield showed that groundwater levels in the area are decreasing by 3 meters every year. In addition, farmers also use chemical fertilizers and strong pesticides to prevent weeds. Groundwater tests have shown that nitrate levels are high here. This increases the risk of a blue baby syndrome, which can lead to heart problems and newborn deaths.

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