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    Default Nature's Revenge or Bio-Warfare? A New Fungus Hits the Helmand Opium Crop

    http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/con...0/s2899489.htm


    A few science journals have carried reports of a destructive new fungus attacking opium crops in Afghanistan. The farmers believe it results from bio warfare / use of chemicals. NATO denies knowledge.

    There are also reports of heroin prices going up and an increase in cocaine production to meet demand.

    Whether this is natural (climate change related perhaps?) or biowarfare, it seems that it is likely to have repercussions all over the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    There are also reports of heroin prices going up and an increase in cocaine production to meet demand.
    The CIA's profits will be soaring this year so.

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    Supply and demand, the supply has steadily outstripped demand since the Afghan invasion so view this as a countermeasure.
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    The UN is crying that the price of opium is going up because of the disease -

    http://www.breakingnews.ie/world/un-...an-490150.html


    A dramatic rise in opium prices could cause more Afghan farmers to grow the illegal crop this year, thwarting efforts to stem the practice, the UN said today.

    Despite a 48% drop in opium production in 2010, due mostly to a plant disease, the average price of dry opium at harvest time was US$169 (€125) per kilogram, up 164% from 2009, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said in its new Afghanistan Opium Survey. A summary of the findings was released in September.

    Yury Fedotov, executive director of the Vienna-based agency, stressed there was cause for concern.

    "We cannot continue business as usual," he said. "If this cash bonanza lasts, it could effectively reverse the hard-won gains of recent years."

    The average annual income from opium in opium-growing households increased 36% to $2,433 (€1,804) last year, up from $1,786 (€1,325), the survey said. The gross income per hectare of opium cultivated also rose 36%, to $4,900 (€3,634) from $3,600 (€2,670).

    "This bonanza (for some) may provide farmers with a strong incentive to continue growing opium and even expand cultivation in 2011," it noted, adding that growing poppies was six times more profitable than growing wheat last year.

    Afghanistan is the world's main producer of opium, the raw ingredient used to make heroin. In 2010, it accounted for under 80% of global opium production, down from almost 90% a year earlier.

    The survey also said the gross wholesale value of exported opium, morphine and heroin in neighbouring countries amounted to $1.4bn (€1.03bn), down 50% from $2.8bn (€2.07bn) in 2009 as cross-border prices remained stable.

    "Like opium production, the gross export value of Afghan opiates was halved this year," Mr Fedotov and Afghan Counter-Narcotics Minister Zarar Ahmad Muqbel Osmani wrote in the survey's preface.

    "This indicates that the income of Afghan traffickers from the 2010 opium season is also down."


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    Default Re: Nature's Revenge or Bio-Warfare? A New Fungus Hits the Helmand Opium Crop

    It already has ... there is a major heroin drought in Ireland and the UK.
    The fungus seems to have some basis in fact ...but it wld not explain a drought now.
    Next year maybe.
    Wikileaks reports US ex Kabul reporting insurgents hoarding to drive up price as 'savings'.
    Then re Ireland- add the interuption of Christy Kinahan multi million operation.
    And bingo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Bar View Post
    It already has ... there is a major heroin drought in Ireland and the UK.
    The fungus seems to have some basis in fact ...but it wld not explain a drought now.
    Next year maybe.
    Wikileaks reports US ex Kabul reporting insurgents hoarding to drive up price as 'savings'.
    Then re Ireland- add the interuption of Christy Kinahan multi million operation.
    And bingo
    Would you have any links to reports on these interesting items ?

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    Default Re: Nature's Revenge or Bio-Warfare? A New Fungus Hits the Helmand Opium Crop

    I do but I am trying to eat my dinner so will ya wiki google n trust me.

    I'll be a good pupil post wine n coffee

    <Do your own homework please KB:CF>

    Cranky Ms Flower

    Drought

    [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/may/17/poppy-fungus-mystery-afghanistan"]Fungus n perhaps a bio poss[/URL

    Christy Kinahan .... **** CF he refuses to go on record.

    Dinner cold...now we got gnarly Kevin.

    Fungus

    N sure give Julian a bell to hear what 'he' has to say bout hoarding.
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