Coke has finally found a good use for humanity. Indian farmers have come up with what they think is the real thing to keep crops free of bugs.
Instead of paying hefty fees to international chemical companies for patented pesticides, they are reportedly spraying their cotton and chilli fields with Coca-Cola.
There have been reports of hundreds of farmers turning to Coke in Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh states.
As word gets out that coke may be bad for bugs and a lot cheaper than anything that Monsanto, Shell or Dow can offer, thousand others are expected to switch.
Gotu Laxmaiah, a farmer from Ramakrishnapuram in Andra Pradesh, said he was delighted with his new cola spray, which he applied this year to several hectares of cotton. “I observed that the pests began to die after the soft drink was sprayed on my cotton,” he told the Deccan Herald newspaper.
Mr Laxmaiah and others say their cola sprays are invaluable because they are safe to handle, do not need to be diluted and, mainly, are cheap.
One litre of highly concentrated Avant, Tracer and Nuvocron, three popular Indian pesticides, costs around 10,000 rupees (£120), but one-and-a-half litres of locally made Coca-Cola is 30 rupees. To spray an acre would be a mere 270 rupees.
The properties of Coke have been discussed for years. It has been reported that it is a fine lavatory cleaner, a good windscreen wipe and an efficient rust spot remover.
Uncorroborated reports from China claimed that the ill-fated New Coke was widely used in China as a spermicide.
The story is intriguing enough for the CSA, which works to find alternatives to pesticides and farm chemicals, to carry out a controlled experiment to test the results of this unusual practice.
BTW: Have you heard what happens when you drop few Mentos in a bottle of coke / pepsi?
Don’t try it at home. Do it outside and preferably use diet coke.