Met with an activists from the country of Columbia, who is on a speaking tour in America. Jenry Nermi is the Director of the Christian Center for Justice and Non-Violent Action in Columbia. She said Columbia has been in the midst of an “armed conflict” for the past 50 years, the struggle between the government and the para-military that is aligned with it, vs guerilla groups aligned with the poor. Ms. Nermi said America’s “Plan Columbia” to eradicate coca crops has actually hurt, more than helped. She said aerial fumigation of coca crops is done so high up, that the spray also often affects all surrounding crops — tremendously damaging small subsitence farms, and so on. What’s more, the spray is Glyphosate, a Monstano product that she said is causing rashes, eye problems, respiratory problems (no studies have been done to see if there are cancer links, and so on, yet). Ms. Nermi said what is really needed in Columbia is “agrarian reform.” That is, she said there are currently few rural roads to get these farmers’ produce to local markets, so growing the coca is often the only option the farmer sees for feeding his family. If these farmers had these roads, and perhaps some humanitarian help to, eventually, move toward more sustainability, the coca growing there would, most likely, drop in kind. Note: The American “War on Drugs” needs to be fought more, I believe, in the American home. For a number of years, I was a licensed chemical dependency counselor working with addictive family systems. One of the things I observed, time and again, is if a youth grows up in a “dysfunctional home” and is shorted emotionally by parents who are alcoholic, or drug addicted, or gambling addicts, or the parents are addicted to work, addicted to TV, and so on… the youth, consequently, grows up with emotional holes inside. Holes they, in turn, begin filling with alcohol, drugs (like cocaine), and so on. In other words, we need to deal with the root of the drug problem: which is healing more of the families in America.