Dr. Rev Chuck, MD, PA
cdub at _REMOVETHIS_erols.com
Mon Apr 10 04:08:06 EDT 2000
Chris J. Durden wrote:
> At 01:23 9/04/00 -0700, you wrote:
> >Neil Jones wrote:
> >> In article <38E12AB4.9DB7E2EC at bangor.ac.uk>
> >> bsu103 at bangor.ac.uk "jamie o'connell" writes:
> >> > Please could someone assist in my project be passing on information about
> >> > butterflys which live and feed on the Erythroxylum coca or its close
> >> > relatives.
> >> > e-mail bsu103 at bangor.ac.uk
> >> > Thanks very much
> >> > Jamie O'Connell
> >> The larvae of butterfly species in the genus Agrias feed on plants of this
> >> genus.
> >> I do have concerns that GM technlogy is apparently being developed to
> >> kill the Coca plants. I hope for the sake of the butterflies that
> >> the ecological effects of releasing such novel organisms are fully
> >> assesed FIRST.
> >Note also that cocaine is the pain killer of first choice for certain eye
> >and nose surgeries. Coca leaves are the main ingredient after water and
> >sugar in cola beverages -- are Coca Cola and Pepsico aware of this bizarre
> - - - - -
> Both brands use an extract of the cola nut *Cola acuminata*, *C. anomala*,
> *C. nitida* or *C. verticillata* as a source of caffein.
> Coca Cola has had no essence of coca *Erythroxylon* spp. since it was
> removed from the formula about 1927.
> ...........Chris Durden
Worth looking into, since the story is *obviously* pervasive. Likewise, the
story of the presence of cocaine in the original formula. Yes, it contained
the drug, but not in noticeably psychoactive amounts.
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