Alok Prasad Putul, writes that farmers in India use Coca-Cola and Pepsi as cheaper alternative to pesticides. So, besides that they are poisonous for our metabolisms, they also have another function in India. Interesting, huh?
CSE (Center for Science and Environment), is one of the leading voluntary agencies in India that said that the soft drinks that are manufactured in India contain unacceptably high levels of pesticide residues. In that way numerous farmers used the drinks to eliminate pests.
It’s easier and cheaper to buy Coke in some 3rd world countries than to get clean water. Coca-Cola uses public relations propaganda to convince the buyers that it’s an environmental company when it’s closely linked to disease, water shortages and pollution.
The Coke has been tested in numerous cleaning scenarios and it can be compared to brands to clean oil stains, strip paint and tile grout. The CSE, in 2003 analyzed samples from twelve soft-drink manufacturers and found that all of them contain residues of four toxic insecticides and pesticides.
The names of them are: chlorpyrifos, malathion, DDT and lindane.
According to the study, the chlorpyrifos levels were 42 times higher than the norms of EEC. The Malathion was 87 times higher and the lindane that is banned in the US was 21 times higher.
They claim that each sample is toxic than can cause long-term cancer, severe disruption of the immune system, birth defects and damage to the nervous and reproductive systems. Pepsi and Coca- Cola had almost the similar pesticide concentration in the study findings. Contaminants in samples of Coca-Cola were 45 times higher than the EEC limit and the Pepsi samples exceeded 37 times higher.
The Indian subsidiaries chiefs of Pepsi and Coca-Cola negate the charges. The president of Coca-Cola in India, S. Gupta called the CSE revelations unfair and that his company was subjected to a trial by media.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi disagree that their products may be used as pesticides as there isn’t a thing that can be used as pest control.
Some farmers say that they’ve used successfully Coke and Pepsi to protect the rice plantations from the pests. This trend has been used in many parts of India.
Using the soft drinks instead of pesticides gained popularity that the drink sale increased drastically in the villages. 1l of Nuvocron, Tracer or Avant (popular pesticides in India) costs 10,000 rupees or £120 while 1.5l of Coke is 30 rupees. You will need 270 rupees to spray an acre.
If the farmers mix a bottle of Coke or Pepsi with water it costs 55 to 60 rupees less for an acre. That is the reason why farmers in India use soft drinks, as it has shown as an effective way.
- Sharma, an agricultural specialist says that farmers mistake that these drinks have the same function as the pesticides. He says that they are sugar syrups and if they are sprayed on the crops they can attract red ants that feed on the larva of insects.
It is not a Coca-Cola’s legendary secret ingredient that upsets the bugs but the farmers swear by Thumbs Up, Pepsi and other local soft-drinks. The main ingredients are sugar and water while some manufacturers add phosphoric and citric acids to give an extra taste.
- Sharma claims that using the sugar syrup for pests isn’t a new practice as the farmers used sugary solutions, traditionally, to attract red ants to feed in larva of insects.
- Thakur, fellow scientists explains that this is happening because the plants get a direct supply of sugar and carbohydrates that boosts the immunity of the plant that ends up yielding better crops.
The U.S. Coke has high fructose syrup that proves to be more effective pesticide. The Pepsi sales manager, A. Verma said sales figures in the rural state’s areas increased by 20 percent.
S. Johnson and H. B. Mathur, CSE scientists claim that the manufacturers of soft drinks were drawing the water supplies from groundwater that is contaminated by long-term of indiscriminate pesticide use.
These residues were reported in groundwater near Delhi when the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) and the CGWB (Central Ground Water Board) carried a study that reported excessive fluoride, nitrate and salinity content beside traces of chromium, cadmium and lead.
The laboratories of CSE testes samples of popular brands of soft drinks in the U.S. and found that they didn’t contain pesticide residue.
More than 95 percent of the U.S. soft drinks are made with municipal water supplies that contain the same toxins and pharmaceuticals like trimethoprim, sulfamethoxazole, gemfibrozil, estrone, carbamazepine, atrazine, antenolol, chlorine, arsenic and fluoride.
The CSE have found that the regulations for the massive soft-drinks industry are weaker as compared to the industries for bottled water. The norms that regulate the cold drinks quality are inadequate, leaving the sector virtually unregulated.
So pampered is a sector of lucrative soft drinks that is exempted from the industrial licensing provisions under the Industries Act, 1951. We all know that the cola is not 100 percent organic or natural but for sure it must be safer that the other traditional poisons.