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So why are people saying all those nasty things about soft drinks? The answer is simple: All those terrible things are true. And while the facts may be hard to swallow, it is high time we look at the damage that has been done by our long-running love affair with the beverage industry.

Killer colas : the hard truth about soft drinks

In their new book, Killer Colas, Dr. Nancy Appleton and G. Jacobs provide a startling picture of a greedy industry hell-bent on destroying our country's health, no matter what the cost. Over the last twenty-five years, the sale of sodas, energy beverages, and sports drinks has exploded, as has the incidence of adult and childhood obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

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In Killer Colas, the authors detail why this downward spiral has occurred. The state government is expected to introduce the Bill in the state legislature next week, and the Bill is expected to pass. The report takes the company to task for siting its bottling plants in already water stressed areas, without much thought given to the impacts on communities.

The report also validates the concerns of water scarcity and pollution that have been raised by communities in Kala Dera, Mehdiganj as well as others. The report was silent on why the plant at Plachimada and the one at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh had to suspend their operations. The company should explain to the people why Plachimada was not included in the study conducted by TERI, he added. We have gathered impeccable evidence to show the depletion and pollution of groundwater caused by the company…The multidisciplinary, member committee was set up by the Kerala govt.

I was its environment expert member. The activity of the Coca Cola company has caused or contributed a great deal to these problems. The people living in the vicinity of the Company have been suffering these problems for the last few years. The availability of good quality water for drinking purposes and agriculture has been affected dangerously due to the activity of the Company. Apart from that, the Company had also polluted the agricultural lands by depositing the hazardous wastes.

All these points to the gross violation of the basic human rights, that is, the right to life, right to livelihood and the violation of the pollution control laws.


Indian police arrest Coke officials over plant deaths Agence France-Presse, June 27, Three officials of an Indian unit of Coca-Cola have been arrested over the deaths of at least two workers at a soft drinks bottling plant in the east of the country, police said on Sunday. The accident occurred Friday in Khurda town, just south of Orissa state capital Bhubaneswar, when a boiler exploded at the plant, police said.

Two workers died in the accident while five were seriously injured, police superintendent Jitendra Patra said. Local media reported a third worker had also been killed, but Patra said he could not confirm the death.

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He said police had arrested three officials from the plant on suspicion of negligence in connection with the accident. Coco Cola , Coke , human righst violations , India. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Email Address. Bring the Change! Overexploitation and pollution of water sources in India.

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On Jan. In Sivagangai, Tamil Nadu, residents are opposing a proposed Coca-Cola facility because of fears that they too will face water shortages and pollution. Like this: Like Loading