You may not believe it but people in India use Coca-Cola and Pepsi as a substitute to pesticides. So, if farmers in Indiause it as pesticides then there is no bigger proof of how these beverages can be dangerous.
This was proven by the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) one of the leading voluntary agencies in India stating that sodas produced in India are with high levels of pesticide residues, and because of that they are used for killing bugs.In 2003, the CSE carried out a study in which 24 samples were analyzed from various producers of Coke and Pepsi, it was discovered that they include residues of 4 toxic pesticides and insecticides: malathion, chlorpyrifos, lindane, and DDT.
Namely, the malathion levels were 87 times more than the norms of EEC. The chlorpyrifos levels were 42 times more and the lindane which is forbidden in the U.S. was 21 times higher. Every sample was toxic that can cause cancer, abnormality, great disruption of the immune system, and negatively impact the reproductive and nerve systems. Pepsi and Coca-Cola had almost the same pesticide concentration, for instance, toxic substances in Pepsi samples were 37 times higher than the norms of EEC while the Coca-Cola ones were 45 times higher. Many tests have also proven that Coke is very efficient for cleaning oil stains, tile grout, and strip paint.
In under developed countries it is easier to buy Coke than to find drinkable clean water. Coca Cola has highly developed public relations claiming that they do not pollute the water, and that they are not connected to water shortages and to the caused illnesses. Coca-Cola distributes propaganda that their company is environmental which is not true.
The official representatives of Coca-Cola in India claim that the CSE findings were exaggerated that their products can be utilized as pesticides, utterly not true.
Nonetheless, the Indian farmers used them as extremely efficient way for destroying pests from their rice plantations, and this has become a popular trend in many parts of India. Thanks to this kind of use, the sale of these beverages has increased in almost all villages. For example, 1l of Nuvocron, Avant or Tracer (pesticides in India) costs 10,000 rupees or ₤ 120 contrary to the cost of 1.5 l of Coke that equals 30 rupees, so farmers will spend only 270 rupees for spraying an acre. Also the Coke or Pepsi can be diluted with water, which will lower the cost up to 55-60 rupees for an acre. Therefore, farmers started to use soft drinks because they are cheaper than regular pesticides and very efficient.
According to Sharma, an agricultural professional, this is not something new farmers to use sugar syrup which is contained in Coke and Pepsi because farmers even before used sweet solutions in order to draw in red ants to feed in the larva of insects. Another scientist Thakur states that in that way the plants get a direct supply of carbs and sugar which enhance the resistance of the plant, thus providing better crops.
The CSE researchers, H. B. Mathur and S. Johnson claim that the water supplies from groundwater are contaminated by long-term pesticide use, which is actually drawn by the producers of soft drinks. These residues likeexcessive nitrate, traces of cadmium, lead, chromium, fluoride and salinity material were found in groundwater near Delhi when the CGWB (Central Ground Water Board) and the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) conducted a study.
The U.S. Coke has high fructose syrup that is also very effective pesticide. Interestingly enough, A. Verma, the Pepsi sales manager, said that sales in the rural areas were raised by 20%.
However, the CSE did an evaluation on U.S. samples of popular sodas and discovered that they did not contain pesticide residues. Over 95% of the U.S. soft drinks are made with municipal water supplies that include the same toxic substances and pharmaceuticals likearsenic, atrazine,atenolol,carbamazepine, chlorine, fluoride,gemfibrozil,estrone,sulfamethoxazole, and trimethoprim.
Further on, the CSE states that the policies for the massive industry of bottled waters are much stronger than the ones of the soft-drinks. The norms for the regulation of the cold drinks quality are inappropriate thus having this sector unregulated. Coca-Cola isn’t 100% natural or organic, but it is substantially safer than the other existing traditional poisons.