India is an enormous country with a huge farming community. There is always a backlash when people use pesticides in farming because of the harmful chemicals they contain. Lately, farmers in India have been using Pepsi and Coca-Cola as an alternative and yet we know these drinks come under fire too because of their high sugar content.
So, which is the better of two evils? They both contain a type of poison. And how did Indian farmers even think to use these soft drinks on their produce?
We are not sure who the first Indian farmer would have been to try the practice of coke. But we know he tried it because coke and Pepsi are much less expensive than pesticides and chemicals. He must have known or worked out that these soft drinks contain unacceptably high levels of pesticide residues and tried it on his crops. And guess what. It worked!
It is sometimes cheaper to buy coke in India than it is to buy clean water. Coke itself uses public relations propaganda to convince consumers that it is an environmentally kind and aware company but it is in fact linked to pollution, water shortages, and disease. It is also, as we know, linked to high sugar content, and what the Indian farmers found out, traces of pesticides, insecticides, and chemicals. When coke has been tested as a cleaning product, similar to say, Handy Andy, coke has done a great job.
Coke should not be sold for this! It might work but it shouldn’t. Instead, people should be campaigning to get coke or Pepsi off the shelves because of the dangerous sugar and because of the traces of pesticides. But for now, because farmers have discovered it can be used as a pesticide, it is being used as a pesticide!
The samples that were tested in the soft drinks were toxic enough to cause long term cancer, nervous and reproductive system damage, birth defects and compromised immune systems. Of course, the people who own the factories all deny this is possible, but there is proof.
The proof that coke and Pepsi contain such chemicals is also proved in that the word in the farms and with the produce. They protect rice plantations against pests. They use them over various kinds of vegetables and fruits and they seem to be controlling the pests.
Agricultural specialist Devendra Sharma is pretty sure the soft drinks are not working the way the farmers would like. He says the drinks are sugar syrups which attract red ants to the plants who in turn feed on the larva of insects.
The agricultural specialist, Devendra Sharma, says farmers are mistaken in thinking that the drinks are the same as pesticides. He says the drinks are effectively sugar syrups and when they are poured on crops they attract red ants which in turn feed on the larva of insects.
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. It is the sugary solution that attracts the ants who then eat the insects. Using sugar solutions in India is not a new practice, it has been done before. Sugary solutions can fix some of the problems, or be partially effective like a pesticide, but not nearly as effective.
Another scientist, Sanket Thakur, believes differently. He feels the plants are getting a direct supply of sugar and carbohydrates from the drinks. These are boosting the plant’s immunity system, overall yielding a better crop.
Coke feels these allegations are all silly. That if coke worked better than a pesticide, they would sell it is a pesticide! Coke also denies the allegations that traces of pesticides are found in their drinks. They say that dirty or contaminated water is the problem and when water is used in countries like India without being purified it is going to be filled with chemicals and poison.
Coke, Pepsi, and all the soft drink brands do go through rigorous testing to ensure their products are as pure as they are supposed to be. Nobody really believes that it is better to use coke than to use chemicals. But not the farmers who are still pouring coke over their wheat fields!
Source: Diet Of Life