by Art Piccio . November 7th, 2014
The war on drugs has been pretty expensive, yet it’s hardly seemed to have put a dent on drug farmer profit margins. Information is Beautiful came up with this groovy infographic that outlines just why so many underground entreps are willing to supply illicit substances.
Researchers used data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and used it to calculate yield per sq. km.
They compared the reports with data from UN World Drug Reports and made comparisons with coca, opium, and marijuana.
Researchers admit “Data on illicit substances is, like the peeps who sell them, more than a bit sketchy.” As the illicit substances are hard to track as accurately as openly traded commodities, there have been some major challenges in creating this infographic.
The figures on coca are based on only the top three coca-producing countries – Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. Quality and prices of illicit substances is wildly variable, and the researchers admit to being forced to make a few assumptions.
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Arthur Piccio manages YouTheEntrepreneur and has managed content for major players in the online printing industry. He was previously BizSugar's contributor of the week. His work has appeared multiple times on The New York Times' You're the Boss Small Business Blog. He enjoys guitar maintenance and reading up on history and psychology in his spare time.