Alok Prasad Putul said that India farmers use these two sodas as cheap pesticides. These are toxic for the human body, but are consumed everywhere! The Center for Science and Environment CSE, the lead India agency, claimed that these sodas made in India, like Pepsi and Coca Cola have lots of pesticides residue in them and farmers use them for pest fighting since they cost a little and get the job done.
In those third world countries it is much cheaper to get sodas of this kind than clean water. Also this soda was tested for cleaning effects and it was said that is effective in stain cleaning, tile grout cleaning and cabinet polishing.
In 2003, the CSE analyzed 12 major soda samples and said that all had pesticides of 4 worst kinds like insecticides, DDT, lindane, chlorpyrifos and malathion.
Narain Sunita, CSE director said at a press conference that in every tested sample, these pesticide levels are far more than allowed doses of 0.0005 mg in liter water for food, set by European Economic Commission EEC.
The CDS experts also said that as to the EEC limits, the chlorpyrifos were 42 times higher, the malathion 87 times and lindane (banned in USA) 21 times higher. Also, these toxins caused long term damage like cancer, birth defects, nerve damage and reproductive damage and bad immunity.
The CSE also found that Pepsi and Coca Cola samples had similar toxins levels, the toxins in Pepsi were 37 times higher than EEC limits and Cola 45 times.
These results were denied by the Indian producers of the sodas. Gupta Sanjeev, the Cola president of India, said these results by CSE were unfair and an invite for a media trial.
They also disagreed that their sodas had pesticides and denied toxins that control pests. Still, the Durg farmers and Dhamtari farmers of Chhattisgarh said they used these 2 sodas for rice farms pest fighting.
This drink usage increased sales in the villages. 1 liter of a popular pesticide in India, Avant, or Nuvocron or Tracer costs 10.000 rupees, 120 pounds. 1.5 liter Cola is just 30 rupees. So, a farmer mixes Pepsi and Cola with water, sprays this on crops and the cost is just 60 rupees. Still, this is not proven fully.
As to the agriculture expert, Sharma Devendra, farmers think sodas and pesticides work the same since the sodas are loads of sugar that attracts red ants on the crops, which feed on larva. Also, these drinks were used for other things too. other local sodas were just as good and farmers say that Pepsi and Thumbs Up are also fine and effective. The main items in the sodas are sugar and water, but some also have citric and phosphoric acids.
Mr. Sharma claimed the use of sugar syrups is an old practice and added that sugar cane jiggery also was used for pests many times, but Cola and Pepsi are popular now. Farmers usually used sugar mixes for the red ants, but colas are just as good. Then again, a fellow expert, Thakur Sanket said that plants get direct dose of sugars and carbs and this boosts their immunity, the final result is a good crop.
The USA coke has too much fructose and corn syrup and is the best pesticide since it is loaded with these items.
But the Pepsi sale manager of Chhattisgarh, Verma Anupam said that village sales increased by 20%, but for another reason. He even said sodas are better sold as pesticides than for consuming, if we have to compare good and bad soda use. Pesticides sales make more money than soft drink sales.
The CSE experts, H.B. Mathur and Johnson Sapna said that soda producers get the water for the sodas of groundwater which is toxic and pesticides influence this toxicity.
A study of the government Central Ground Water Board CGWB and Central Pollution Control Board CPCB found many pesticides in the Delhi groundwater also residue of lead, chromium and cadmium, excess salinity, fluoride and nitrates.
Also the soda samples tested in CSE labs were found negative for pesticides even though 95% of them had municipal water with toxins same as drinking water; fluoride, estrone, arsenic, sulfamethoxazole, chlorine, atrazine, atenolol, carbamazepine, trimethoprim and gemfibrozil.
Compared to the bottle water industry, CSE also found regulations for popular sodas are weaker now and work improperly.
Lastly, we all are aware that such sodas are not organic and are far from good and natural, but at least they are safer than original pesticides.