The MoD reports that the Government has spent £280 million on anti-narcotics operations in Afghanistan. There have also been 71 deaths of British Servicemen since 2001. Why are we spending this obscene amount of money and putting young peoples lives on the line fighting against opium production there when we are growing it in the fields of Oxfordshire? For the majority of Helmands farmers, the poppy is the only money making crop they can grow with any certainty, so it's no wonder they take it badly and therefore tacitly support the taliban. We should be supporting the Afghans by legitimising the growth and sale through formalised channels, and then using the harvest to cover the lack of opiates for European medicines. British farmers don't need to grow this plant, Afghans do and we can help each other mutually. It will also stop the drug from finding it's way onto our streets if responsible governments take over the production and supply.