In Bolivia the war on drugs has taken a sharp turn away from U.S. policy and it seems to be getting results. There it’s now legal to have a small plot of coca, the main ingredient in cocaine. Under this program, the small amount of coca grown in Bolivia has increased but much less than in Peru and Columbia, where the United States supports efforts to forcibly eradicate the plant. Mary Stucky reports that the Bolivian approach seems to be reducing the violence that has plagued anti drug efforts throughout Latin America.
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Ever since Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, took office a year ago, he has promised to raise the standard of living for people in the poorest country in South America.
Many Bolivians take that promise seriously; in a country with an indigenous majority, Morales is an Aymara Indian — the first indigenous president Bolivia has ever had. The landslide vote for the left-leaning Morales was widely seen as a call for change and a sign of the need to solve many of the country’s long-entrenched problems.
As many as 85,000 illegal immigrants make Minnesota their home, including many who have crossed the border into the U.S. from Mexico. This is the story of one of them. We’ll call her Maria even though that’s not her real name. : Minnesota Public Radio News has agreed to protect her identity.
Maria, 20, came to Minnesota illegally five years ago. She lives with her family in the Twin Cities. She is watching closely as Congress debates whether to crack down on illegal immigrants,
We go to Mexico for vanilla – the most labor intensive food in the hemisphere.
A five part series of stories exploring how the free trade agreement Mexico signed with its rich northern neighbors has reverberated across rural Mexico.
Bioprospecting in Chiapas
From the troubled state of Chiapas where, in a clash of cultures, local opposition has put a stop to international “bioprospecting” for cures based on medicinal plants.
Roads on The Isthmus
From the Isthmus of Tehuantepec,
Writer Susana Trilling, author of Seasons of My Heart: A Culinary Journey Through Oaxaca, takes us to Mexico and into the kitchen of the woman who taught her to cook. Her recipe for Mole Coloradito Oaxaqueño is extraordinary.
While organic farming is growing across the U.S., the number of farmers in the Great Lakes using organic methods is still quite small. Not so, though, in Cuba. In the past decade that island nation has embraced small-scale organic farming and urban gardens. Production of vegetables has soared… which has attracted attention from experts in the Great Lakes region who are visiting Cuba in increasing numbers. Mary Stucky went along with one group to find out what the Cubans can teach Midwest farmers about farming.
Hydropower is one of the cheapest and cleanest ways to generate electricity, but it does have a significant impact. In the Canadian province of Manitoba, dams built over the last three decades have damaged the land and destroyed the traditional lifestyle of Cree Indians there. Manitoba Hydro provides hydroelectric power for three provinces in Canada and parts of the United States. Now, with the demand for electricity increasing, the utility’s biggest U.S. customer, Excel Energy, wants to buy additional power from the company. Some of the Cree people are against this and have enlisted activists from the U.S.