“ Farmers in India have been using Pepsi and Coca – Cola as a cheaper alternative to [alternative pesticides “writes Alok Prasad Putul. Pretty interesting, huh? How many of you think this is a better use of pesticides idea?
Therefore, besides being an effective human metabolism poison, it appears that Pepsi and Coca-Cola are another popular feature in other parts of the world.
One of the leader of India, the Centre for Science and Environment voluntary agencies (CSE) said that soft drinks manufactured in India, including those that carry the brand names of Pepsi and Coca-Cola, contain unacceptably high levels of pesticide residues and therefore many farmers have used drinks to combat pests due to low costs compared with conventional pesticides brands.
What led to this uncomfortable practice?
is cheaper and easier to buy Coca-Cola in some third world countries than it is to have access to clean water. Coca-Cola uses “ PR pr opaganda” to convince consumers and whole nations is a “business environment”, when in fact it is closely linked to pollution, water shortages , and disease.
Coca-Cola has been tested in many scenarios cleaning and can even be compared with high-strength brands to clean oil stains, tile grout and even strip paint your cabinets. In 2003, the CSE analyzed samples from 12 of the leading manufacturers of soft drinks sold around the capital in its laboratories and found that all of them contained residues of four extremely toxic pesticides and insecticides. Their names are as follows :. lindane, DDT, malathion and chlorpyrifos
“In all samples tested, the levels of pesticide residues far exceeded the permissible overall ceiling of pesticides 0.0005 mg per liter of water used for food, set up by the European Economic Commission (EEC), “ said Sunita Narain, director of CSE at a press conference to announce the results.
The level of chlorpyrifos was 42 times higher than EEC norms, the study showed. Malathion residues were 87 times higher and lindane- banned in the United States and 21 times higher, CSE scientists said.
added that each sample was toxic enough to cause the long-term damage to the nervous and reproductive systems, birth defects and severe disruption of the immune system cancer. Samples of the major brands of Coca-Cola and Pepsi had almost similar concentrations of pesticide residues in the CSE findings. Contaminants in Pepsi samples were 37 times higher than the EEC limit while rival Coca-Cola exceeded the norms by 45 times, the same findings.
The heads of the Indian subsidiaries of Coca-Cola and Pepsi were quick to deny the charges. Sanjeev Gupta, president of Coca-Cola India, called the revelations made by CSE “unfair” and said his company was being subjected to a “trial by the media “.
Pepsi and Coca-Cola are much cheaper
Pepsi and Coca-Cola disagreed that their products can be used as pesticides because they say there is nothing in the drinks that can be used as pest control.
However, farmers in Durg, Rajnandgaon and Dhamtari districts of Chhattisgarh say they have successfully used Pepsi and Coca-Cola to protect their rice plantations against pests. It is a trend that has been seen in other parts of India, with farmers also use Indian brands of colas.
The practice of using soda instead of pesticides, which are 10 times more expensive, gained so much popularity that sales of beverages increased dramatically in remote villages. One liter of highly concentrated Avant, Tracer and Nuvocron (three popular Indian pesticides) costs about 10,000 rupees (120 pounds), but a half liter of locally made Coca-Cola is just 30 rupees. To spray an acre would cost only 270 rupees!
By comparison, if a bottle of Pepsi or Coca-Cola mixed with water and sprayed on the crop that costs less than 55-60 rupees per acre. To what extent farmers in India now might be using soda instead of pesticides, and how effective the technique could be, has not yet been determined!
agriculture specialist, Devendra Sharma says farmers are wrong to think that the drinks are the same as pesticides. Says the drinks are effectively sugar syrups and when poured on crops that attract ants which in turn feed on insect larvae.
Moreover, nothing special about Coca-Cola or Pepsi in this regard is reported – a variety of other common brands of colas and drinks locally produced supposedly it worked like this: Obviously not legendary ingredient “secret “Coca-Cola is the annoyance of insects. The farmers also swear by Pepsi, Thumbs Up, and other local non-alcoholic beverages.
The main ingredients of all colas are water and sugar but some manufacturers add citric and phosphoric acids to give that extra bite to human taste buds.
Mr. Sharma says using sugar syrup to control pests is not a new practice. “Jaggery made from sugar cane has been commonly used to control pests on many occasions. Pepsi and Coca-Cola are being used to achieve the same result,” he says. “Farmers have traditionally used sugary solutions to attract red ants to feed on insect larvae. I think the colas are also playing the same role.”
fellow scientist, Sanket Thakur, has a different explanation: “Everything that is happening is that the plants receive a direct supply of carbohydrates and sugar which in turn increases the immunity of plants and planting a whole ends up producing a better crop. “
Coke in the United States contains high fructose corn syrup that can even become a more effective pesticide because it is a concentrated cocktail of simple sugars fructose and glucose. Anupam Verma, Pepsi sales manager at the time Chhattisgarh, said sales figures in rural areas of the state increased by 20%.
But, he adds. “If there is some truth in these claims, then it would rather sell our product as a pesticide instead of soda There is more money in selling pesticides in selling refreshments. Your statement sounds like a lie. Maybe it is idle chatter. “
Water is the problem, not just Cola
Scientific CSE H. B. Mathur and Sapna Johnson said their basic inference was that, as with bottled mineral water, soft drink manufacturers were drawing their supplies of groundwater is heavily polluted by years of indiscriminate use of pesticides.
high pesticide residues were reported in groundwater around Delhi at the time the Board of the Underground Central Administration Water (CGWB) and the Board of Control Central Pollution (CPCB) conducted a study that also excessive salinity, nitrate and fluoride content besides traces of lead, cadmium and chromium reported.
Significantly, CSE laboratories analyzed samples of beverage alcohol brands are popularly sold in the US as a control and was found to contain no pesticide residue. Although more than 95% of all soft drink brands in the United States are made with municipal water supplies that contain all of the same toxins and pharmaceuticals in our drinking water, including: fluoride, arsenic, chlorine, atenolol, atrazine, carbamazepine, estrone, gemfibrozil, trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole .
CSE found that the regulations for the industry powerful and massive soft drinks are much weaker, indeed non-existent, compared to the bottled water industry. The rules exist to regulate the quality of cold drinks are inadequate, leaving this sector “food” virtually unregulated.
So pampered is the lucrative soft drinks sector is exempt from the provisions of industrial licensing under the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951. crazy, right?
We know that the use of glue as a pesticide is not exactly 100% natural or organic, but it certainly has to be safer than traditional poisons!
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