The state of Kerala, India, banned the production and sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi products after reports of pesticide contamination. Researchers with the Delhi-based Center for Science and Environment (CSE) found pesticide residue-exceeding European standards by 24 times-in both Coke and Pepsi bottled in India. Six other states banned soft drink sales in their educational and government institutions, making over 10,000 schools soft-drink free. Kerala's total ban has been overturned by the state's High Court, but Kerala's chief minister, V.S. Achuthanandan, says his government is exploring legal steps to reinstitute the ban. Bans in the other six states remain in effect ...According to Vandana Shiva, a bottling plant cn use as much as 500,000 gallons a day. (Water)
Source: "Indians Just Say "No" to Cola", Yes!, Winter 2007, p. 6.