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The Daily Buzz: September 3, 2014


Pot farmers plant crops undercover in American cornfields; coffee addiction could boost diabetes risk; and meth voyeurism flourishes in China's sex industry.

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Marijuana Grows Under Cover in American Cornfields
Modern farming technology now allows many farmers to manage their crops from indoors. This means many acres of cornfields in the US are unattended by humans for most of the year—and marijuana growers are increasingly taking advantage of this opportunity. Want to learn more? There are now entire Internet forums devoted to the practice.

CVS Stops Selling Cigarettes, Changes Name to “CVS Health”
You can no longer buy your cigs behind the counter at your local CVS. Starting today, the chain pharmacies have stopped selling cigarettes and tobacco products at all their stores to improve their image as a healthcare company. They even got a new name.

Is your caffeine fix as innocuous as you think? Photo via Shutterstock

Is your caffeine fix as innocuous as you think? Photo via Shutterstock

Study: Your Coffee Addiction Might Boost Your Risk of Diabetes
Drinking more than three cups of coffee a day may double your risk of developing diabetes, according to researchers in Italy. However, they found the risk was only higher among adults who suffer hypertension and metabolize caffeine slowly. For those in that category, it may be recommended to downgrade from Venti to Grande.

Peru Seizes Record 8.5 Tons of Cocaine
Ever wondered what authorities do with the huge amounts of drugs they confiscate? Peruvian police displayed this record-breaking cocaine haul by hanging it up in an airport hangar with a sign reading: “Historic Blow to Illegal Drug Trafficking.” Neighboring Bolivia has been known to burn its cocaine seizures.

In China, Voyeurs Pay to Watch Girls Do Meth
A Chinese crackdown on drug use and trafficking (last month two South Koreans were executed for smuggling meth into the country) means more Chinese people are making their own meth, Vice reports. The drug—dubbed “ice”—has become a mainstay in the country’s sex and entertainment industries. One growing trend reportedly involves young girls doing meth while men pay just to watch.