Coca-Cola As An Insecticide
Can Coca-Cola work as an insecticide? Indian farmers seem to think so. The Guardian reports
that many of them have taken to spraying their cotton and chilli fields with the soft drink. The article quotes an agricultural analyst who suggests that this might actually work because the sugar in the drink would "attract red ants to feed on insect larvae"
. But a Coca-Cola spokesman dismisses the entire story as an urban legend: "We are aware of one isolated case where a farmer may have used a soft drink as part of his crop management routine. 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"
. I'm not enough of a plant expert to judge on whether Coke would work as an insecticide, though it does seem to me like the sugar could actually attract flies (but what do I know?). Plus, I'm not one to criticize the Indian farmers since I regularly throw banana peels around the flowers in my yard in the (perhaps illogical) belief that the peels will somehow keep aphids away.
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.
In both cases, it's probably the phosphoric acid in Coke, not the sugar (or the coca leaf extract!) that's doing the job.
So, Dano, maybe you're right about the mangling of the practice. =o)