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A scientist proposed cocaine-eating butterflies as an alternative to spraying harmful herbicides on coca plants.


Hey man, got any coke? (via Thinkstock)

Until recently, the government in Columbia was killing coca crops, whose leaves produce cocaine, by spraying plants with the herbicide glyphosate. However, upon the World Health Organization's decision to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, Columbia is looking for alternatives to curb the country's cocaine production.

Enter the butterfly! Scientist Alberto Gomez proposed the use of Eloria noyesi, a type of butterfly who loves eating coca leaves. There are 157 species of coca plants and only two are used to make cocaine. And, of course, these butterflies' favorite foods are the exact two plants that produce cocaine. These flying coke-heads require the top-notch blow.

Sources: Global News