Soft Drinks Double as Pesticides PDF Print E-mail
Post by Jo Carey   
Monday, 08 December 2008 01:13
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Indian farmers in the Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh states. have found "things grow better with Coke" and that "Pepsi-cides" are effective and cheaper than patented pesticides.
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In an article by John Vidal, published by Organic Consumers Association, the plight of an Indian farmer is shared.
Gotu Laxmaiah, a farmer from Ramakrishnapuram in Andra Pradesh, said he was delighted with his new cola spray, which he applied this year to several hectares of cotton. "I observed that the pests began to die after the soft drink was sprayed on my cotton," he told the Deccan Herald newspaper.

But Mr. Laxmaiah and others say their cola sprays are invaluable because they are safe to handle, do not need to be diluted and, mainly, are cheap.

The soft drinks are effective because it has been found that they containd pesticide residue from the water used in their manufacture. An article by WIRED contributor Scott Carney, reports that a study by the Centre for Science and Environment sampled 57 different soft drinks brands form plants all over Indian and found they contained pesticide levels 24 times higher than accepted norms.

In an article by Ruth David, for Forbes magazine, it was reported that the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) reported, “The TERI tests also find pesticide residues in the ground water, which clearly suggests that the problem of contamination is real and needs to be addressed” .

The controversy over pesticide contamination in soft drinks began in 2003 and continues today.

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