On the other hand, this is defined differently by his fellow scientist, Sanket Thakur:
“All that is happening is that plants get a direct supply of carbohydrates and sugar which in turn boosts the plants’ immunity and the plantation on the whole ends up yielding a better crop.”
Coke in America is rich in high fructose corn syrup which might serve as an effective pesticide since it is a concentrated cocktail of the simple sugars fructose and glucose.
Yet, the Pepsi sales manager at the time in Chhattisgarh, Anupam Verma, claims that even though the sales figures in rural areas of the state increased by 20%, this is not the reason for it.
“If there was any truth in these claims then we would rather be selling our product as a pesticide rather than soft drinks. There is more money in selling pesticides than in selling soft drinks. Their claim smacks of lies. At best it is idle matter.”
CSE scientists H. B. Mathur and Sapna Johnson claimed that their basic inference was that the manufacturers of the soft drinks were drawing their water supplies from groundwater, which is greatly contaminated by years of indiscriminate use of various pesticides.
A study conducted by the government’s Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) found high pesticide residues in the groundwater around Delhi, as well as traces of lead, cadmium, and chromium, excessive salinity, and nitrate and fluoride content.
Moreover, the samples of popular soft drinks which were tested in the CSE laboratories were found to have no pesticides, even though over 95% of them are made with municipal water supplies which contain the same toxins and pharmaceuticals in our drinking water, such as: estrone, fluoride, sulfamethoxazole, arsenic, atrazine, chlorine, atenolol, trimethoprim carbamazepine, and gemfibrozil.
In comparison to the one of the bottled water industry, the CSE found that the regulations for the powerful and massive soft drinks industry are much weaker, and do not regulate the cold drink quality properly.
In the end, even though we are perfectly aware of the fact that cola used as a pesticide is not completely organic or natural, it is definitely safer that other conventional pesticides!