Monday, May 10, 2010

Afghanistan's Export Economy

Some amazing facts reported by CBS News:

"Afghanistan produces the raw opium used to make 90 percent of the world's heroin. International groups estimate that only about 2 percent of Afghanistan's drug production was blocked from leaving the country in 2008 for markets in Central Asia and Europe. Separately, Afghanistan is not only the world's largest supplier of opium, it also is the global leader in hashish production, the United Nations said Wednesday. It estimates that 24,700 to 59,300 acres of cannabis are grown in Afghanistan every year and that this is used to make an estimated 1,500 to 3,500 tons of hashish annually. 'While other countries have even larger cannabis cultivation, the astonishing yield of the Afghan cannabis crop ... makes Afghanistan the world's biggest producer of hashish,' UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costa said in a statement."

And we've been there how long????