Alok Prasad Putul claims that Coca-Cola and Pepsi are used for pesticides by the farmers in India. So, their usage in India shows why it is considered that they are poisonous for our metabolism
Center for Science and Environment (CSE) is one of the main voluntary agencies in India which claims that the soft drinks that are produced in India have extremely high levels of pesticide residues, so they are used for eliminating pests.
Buying Coke in some 3rd world countries is easier and cheaper than getting clean water. Coca-Cola has public relations propaganda supposed to convince the buyers that their company is environmental even though it is associated with water shortages, pollution, and disease.
There are many cleaning scenarios in which the Coke has been tested and the results showed that it can be compared to brands to clean oil stains, tile grout, and strip paint. In 2003, the CSE conducted a study, analyzing samples from 24 manufacturers, and discover that they contain residues of 4 toxic pesticides and insecticides: malathion, chlorpyrifos, lindane, and DDT.
The Malathion was 87 times higher compared to EEC limit. The chlorpyrifos levels were 42 times higher and the lindane which is banned in the US was 21 times higher. Each sample is that toxic it can cause severe disruption of the immune system, cause long-term cancer, birth defects, and damage to the reproductive and nervous systems. The study findings showed that Pepsi and Coca-Cola had almost the similar pesticide concentration. Contaminants in samples of Pepsi were 37 times higher than the norms of EEC while the samples of Coca-Cola were 45 times higher!
- Gupta, the president of Coca-Cola in India claims that the CSE revelations were unfair and that his company was subjected to a trial by media, disagreeing that their products can be used as pesticides.
However, there are farmers who used Coke and Pepsi which help them to successfully protect the rice plantations from the pests. And, this became a trend in many parts of India. Replacing the pesticides with the soft drinks became so popular that the sale of the drink increased drastically in almost all villages.
So, if farmers buy 1l of Nuvocron, Avant or Tracer (pesticides in India) this will cost them 10,000 rupees or £120 while if they buy 1.5l of Coke this will cost them 30 rupees, which mean that they will need 270 rupees to spray an acre. And if a bottle of Coke or Pepsi is mixed with water, this will cost the farmers 55-60 rupees less for an acre. Soft drinks are a cheaper alternative which proved as extremely effective, so this is the reason why farmers in India start using them.
According to Sharma, an agricultural specialist, the farmers make a mistake thinking that these drinks have the same effect as the pesticides. He says that these drinks contain sugar syrups and if they are sprayed on the crops they are able to attract red ants that feed on the larva of the insects.
The Coca-Cola’s legendary secret ingredient does not upset the bugs, but the farmers swear by Pepsi, Thumbs Up, and other local soft-drinks. Sugar and water are the main ingredients while some manufacturers add citric and phosphoric acid in order to give an extra taste.
Sharma explains that the usage of sugar syrup for pests is not a new practice since the farmers traditionally used sugary solutions in order to attract red ants to feed in the larva of insects.
Thakur, a scientist, explains that this is because the plants get a direct supply of carbohydrates and sugar which can boost the immunity of the plant, thus yielding better crops.
The U.S. Coke has high fructose syrup that is more effective pesticide. A. Verma, the Pepsi sales manager, said that sales in the rural areas increased by 20%.
According to H. B. Mathur and S. Johnson, CSE scientists, the water supplies from groundwater, contaminated by long-term of indiscriminate pesticide use, were drawing by the manufacturers of soft drinks. These residues were reported in groundwater near Delhi when the CGWB (Central Ground Water Board) and the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board), conducted a study which reported excessive nitrate, fluoride and salinity content beside traces of cadmium, lead, and chromium.
The CSE tested samples of popular soft drinks in the U.S. and discover that they did not contain pesticide residue. More than 95% of the U.S. soft drinks are made with municipal water supplies that contain the same toxins and pharmaceuticals like sulfamethoxazole, carbamazepine, gemfibrozil, trimethoprim, estrone, arsenic, atrazine, fluoride, chlorine, atenolol, and atrazine.
The CSE claims that the regulations for the massive industry of soft-drinks are weaker than the bottled water industries. The norms for the regulation of the cold drinks quality are inadequate, leaving the sector virtually unregulated.
It is well known that Coca-Cola isn’t 100% natural or organic, but it can be significantly safer than the other traditional poisons!