Does the production of coca for consumption in the north cause land to be diverted from food production?

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    Growing one plant generally displaces another. That’s because two of a plant’s main needs are light and water. So you can’t grow tomatoes and oranges on the same ground. The orange trees will take 90% of the sun underneath them! Greedy, greedy, greedy.

    But coca, in pragmatic financial terms does displace crops such as cocoa (chocolate).

    Appended is a nice, detailed (and political!) story about how coca planting was thwarted. 

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