We are also trying to eradicate the opium poppy crop. Seemed like a good idea to me until I read this in the Guardian
Just to summarize:
- Every time we try to eradicate poppy farming it causes a backlash and helps the Taliban.
- There is a world wide shortage of medical opiates, some in the UK.
- Heroin production in Turkey was halted not by eradication of poppies but by licensing growing it.