Colombia ordered to stop spraying coca plantations
A Colombian court has ordered the government to suspend its US-backed programme to spray herbicides on illegal coca plantations until more is known about the effects on human health and the environment.
The government maintains that the herbicide, known as glyphosate, is entirely safe. It plans to appeal the ruling and says that it will continue spraying while the appeal is pending.
But environmentalists, human rights activists and farmers say that the spraying has damaged local food crops and is harmful to human health (see Colombian herbicide spraying under attack).