Brenda Groth wrote:
they WANT to grow the poppies..they know how to grow other things
rose macaskie wrote: Flood the market in Afghanistan with free plants or nearly free ones, it is perhaps cheaper than sending them the army, it could hardly be more expensive.
find economically and ecologically viable seeds that would out-compete with the opium, marijuana, or coca plants.
From what I understand about all three of these, that sounds like a tall order, if you mean competing for sun/water/soil nutrients. Coca, especially, since it's a shade-tolerant tree adapted to the Andes mountains.
rose macaskie wrote:
You think people don't grow things well and manage their farms badly?
Near the end of it, he fancifully suggests dropping seedballs from military aircraft.