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UK Opium Industry

Opium is grown in Oxfordshire for one of the drug companies or maybe the NHS. Maybe we should just import it from Afghanistan ?

See pics taken yesterday. Whittenham Clumps in the background.

poppies 1 poppies 2

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  1. sheona
    July 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    It would certainly make more sense to buy the crop direct from the farmers in Afghanistan at a decent price for medical use. This would free the farmers from the grip of the warlords who use the cash to buy weapons.

  2. July 3, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Thos year there seem ro be more wild red poppies than usual in the fields. If true, does this mean
    A the weather favours them?
    B the locals are up to no good?
    C both?

  3. July 3, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    There are quite a few poppies grown on farms in South Oxfordshire, Jazz. You apparently have to have a licence from the Home Office and once the opium is extracted they sell the seeds to the food industry.

    I was quite surprised when I first saw them but they are rather pretty when they are in flower.

  4. July 4, 2015 at 8:20 am

    All our poppies are red……

  5. July 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

    They grow flax around here too. The blue flower is very attractive. Will try to take a photograph later.

  6. July 4, 2015 at 11:08 am

    So it’s red white and blue on rhe 4th July! 😳

  7. christinaosborne
    July 7, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Suggested this years ago on this very site! Must have been 2008! I was in Brum with the boy.
    Talking about red white and blue. Was sorely tempted to fly my monster Confederate flag at our new house, but after the Carolina business thought better of it! Scythes and flambeau etc etc.
    The flag was inherited from the boy, who being born in Memphis, was entitled to it! He use to fly it from his balcony in Brum for a giggle, 5 floors up was reasonably safe! (His neighbours were Caribbean blacks so not allergic!)

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