"The Defensoría del Pueblo de Colombia (Office of the Ombudsman) reported that the Office is studying the possibility of experimentation with the fungus Fusarium oxysporum in Colombia and the future application of that fungus as a biological agent for eradicating illegal crops. This body is gathering information on the serious risks to life, human health and the environment that could result from experimentation with the F. Erythroxylum variety of the Fusarium oxysporum fungus in the open in the Colombian Amazon, one of the richest habitats in terms of biodiversity in the world. The Ombudsman’s Office stressed that it is of particular importance to ascertain whether the method of 'biological control' proposed for the eradication of illegal crops is consistent with the policies, principles and agreements of the United Nations."


Ouhachi-Vesely, Fatma-Zohra, "Adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights," Report of the Special Rapporteur, United Economics and Social Council (Geneva, Switzerland: Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, December 2000), p. 3.