Did you know that Coca-Cola and Pepsi have been used by farmers in India as a cheaper alternative to pesticides? According to CSE (Center for Science and Environment), which is one of the leading voluntary agencies in India, the drinks like Coca-Cola and Pepsi are rich in high levels of pesticide residues. Therefore, farmers use them to eliminate pests and because they are quite cheap compared to conventional pesticides.
In 2003 the CSE tested about 12 soft-drink manufacturers and found out that all of them contain residues of 4 toxic pesticides and insecticides. These 4 toxic pesticides are chlorpyrifos, malathion, DDT, and lindane. Based on the study, Coca-Cola and Pepsi contain 42 times higher levels of these toxic compounds than EEC norms. These contaminants can damage the nervous system and the reproductive system. Moreover, these contaminants can cause birth defects, harm the immune system, and increase the risk of cancer.
On one hand, the manufacturers of Coca-Cola and Pepsi strongly disagree that their products can be used as pesticides. On the other hand, the farmers in India already use the drinks to protect their rice plantations against pests. Agricultural specialists claim that Coca-Cola and Pepsi will only attract red ants that feed on the larva of insects.
Furthermore, approximately 95% of the US soft drinks contain the same toxins and pharmaceuticals like trimethoprim, sulfamethoxazole, gemfibrozil, estrone, carbamazepine, atrazine, atenolol, chlorine, arsenic, and fluoride. Even if you knew that Coca Cola and Pepsi aren’t 100% organic and natural, you are probably left speechless by the fact that they are used instead of pesticides. Hence, instead of drinking it, you can use these drinks for a wide range of other things.
Other Uses of Coca-Cola and Pepsi
- Clean blood stains from clothes.
- Descale a kettle.
- Polish pennies.
- Clean the toilet.
- Kill slugs and snails.
- Clean oil stains in the garage.
- Eliminate rust stains from pools
- Remove gum stuck in the hair.
- Clean engines.
- Remove hair dye.
- Clean kitchen floors.
- Polish Chrome.
- Clean the stains from vitreous china.
- Dissolve a tooth.