COKE COSTS THE EARTH
USING COCAINE DESTROYS RAINFORESTS
It does not matter how many bottles you recycle: if you use cocaine, you turn virgin rainforest into coca farms – which quickly become toxic and barren…
* 4.4 square metres of rainforest is destroyed to produce one gram of cocaine
* 54million acres of Columbian rainforest has been destroyed to grow coca.
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FROM LEAF TO LINE:
1 Coca leaves are harvested every 45 days or so.
2 The leaves are dried, shredded and placed in a plastic-lined pit with ammonia and lime. Petrol or disesl is added; this acts as a solvent which extracts the water-insoluble cocaine alkaloids.
3 The liquid is draiged off and more ammonia added, precipitating the cocaine alkaloids.
4 More petrol is added, as well as sulphuric acid. The liquid is filtered through fine cloth and the precipitate collected. More ammonia is added to form a sticky white paste.
5 To process the paste into cocaine base, more hydrochloric acid is added, and potassium permanganate.
6 In the UK, alcohol or acetone is added along with hydrochloric acid to form the product sold on the streets.