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Bolivia to produce new coca leaf-based soft drink

Bolivia to produce new coca leaf-based soft drink

A new coca leaf-based soft drink is to be produced in Bolivia and may go by the name of Coca Colla. Coca leaves, when chewed or stewed in a tea, act as a mild stimulant that wards off hunger and helps to prevent high altitude sickness. Cultivation of the plant in small quantities is currently permitted in Bolivia and Peru. Speaking to EFE News Services, Victor Hugo Vazquez, the deputy minister of rural development, said: "At the beginning it is a private initiative to produce an energy drink from coca, but we are seeing how we can give it impetus, because the industrialisation of coca interests us." [...more]

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