Sometimes you can turn bad things can turn into good things. That’s what some of the farmers in India. are doing.
A few years ago, studies discovered pesticides in the sodas being made in India. The water used to make soft drinks was contaminated.
Once the word got out, people stopped drinking soda, but they still kept buying it. Why? Pesticides farmers use on their crops, bought from the big companies, were expensive, and they needed to be diluted, a part of the process where it’s easy for the farmer to take in a dose of pesticides, especially when there’s no money for expensive equipment.
So the farmers had a good idea: they started using soft drinks as a pesticide spray on their chili and cotton crops. They figured the sodas were a perfect formula for cheap, pre-diluted crop sprays, 80% cheaper than buying the commercial product.
Now a few years have passed, and Coke and Pepsi avow that all pesticides have been taken out of the manufacturing process and their drinks. They say that using sodas as crop sprays is ridiculous and ineffective.
But you know what? Results proved them wrong. The farmers noticed a definite drop in problems with insects. So far, the theory is that the sugar attracts ants, which eat the larvae of the insects that might be a potential problem.
If you have repeated problems with insects, you might want to try out this “pesticide” yourself. You certainly can’t beat the price.
But, as it says in the poison-label boilerplate, don’t drink it. It could be bad for your health.
(I got this info from David G. Wiliams’s newsletter, Alternatives.)