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Navigating chemical toxicity in coca production in the Colombian borderlands of Putumayo

Acero, Camilo, Ordoñez, Linda, Harris, Magdalena, Rhodes, Tim, Holland, Adam and Gutierrez-Sanín, Francisco (2023) Navigating chemical toxicity in coca production in the Colombian borderlands of Putumayo. Medical anthropology, 42 (7). 650 - 666. ISSN 1545-5882

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01459740.2023.2249202

Abstract

In Putumayo, a jungle borderland in southern Colombia, thousands of farmers derive their livelihood from the cultivation and processing of coca leaf, exposing themselves to fertilizers, pesticides, and other toxic chemicals on a daily basis. In this article, we show how the coca growers' relationship with chemicals and the health risks to which they are exposed, are politically and institutionally structured. We discuss the specific impact of anti-narcotics policy in a broader context of deep inequalities and document the emergent and adaptive day-to-day attempts of the farmers to navigate the structural risk environment.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/gmea20
Additional Information: © 2023 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2023 14:39
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2024 22:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/120476

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