After the controversy of pesticides in Coke/Pepsi a couple of years ago...the story has returned in a new form. Madhukar blogs about a BBC report that chronicles how farmers in North India are using Coke/Pepsi as a cheaper alternative to pesticides !
For farmers in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh it is cheaper than pesticides and gets the job done just as well. The product? Pepsi or Coca-Cola.
Agricultural scientists give them some backing - they say the high sugar content
of the drinks can make them effective in combating pests. Unsurprisingly, Pepsi
and Coca-Cola strongly disagree, saying there is nothing in the drinks that can
be used in pest control.