As this is a rather short article I don't think the moderators would mind if I quoted in complete.
There have been many uses for coca cola that I have heard of through the years. I sometimes use it to clean the toilet bowl as it will eat away at any
stain, but as a pesticide?
Please note the response from Coca Cola doing damage control. I wonder if they are willing to do damage control on the people who think that their
"soft drink" is fairly healthy?
"Farmers use Coke to control pests
Indian farmers are reportedly spraying their cotton and chilli fields with Coca-Cola to protect them from pests.
They say it's much cheaper than chemical pesticides and just as effective at controlling bugs, reports the Guardian.
Hundreds of farmers are reported to have switched to cola in Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh states.
Gotu Laxmaiah, a farmer from Ramakrishnapuram, said he was delighted after spraying cola on his cotton crops.
"I observed that the pests began to die after the soft drink was sprayed on my cotton," he told the Deccan Herald newspaper.
Farmers say their cola sprays are invaluable because they are safe to handle, do not need to be diluted and are cheap.
One litre of pesticide costs around £120 but one-and-a-half litres of locally made cola is about 35p.
A spokesman for Coca-Cola said: "Soft drinks do not act in a similar way to pesticides when applied to the ground or crops.
"There is no scientific basis for this and the use of soft drinks for this purpose would be totally ineffective"."
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[edit on 8-11-2004 by Mynaeris]