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Did Coke Distribute Toxic Sludge as "Fertilizer" in India?

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:14pm

A shocking story comes out of a small, remote Indian village in the state of Kerala, involving the Coca-Cola Company and allegations of deceit, bribery, corruption, pollution, contaminating the soil and water supply, draining the wells and more.

Coca-Cola distributed toxic, cadmium-laden, cancer-causing waste sludge to tribal aborigines in a remote village near its bottling plant but passed it off as "free fertilizer," wrote a journalist from the Inter Press Service, published on the Common Dreams News Center website and the Organic Consumers Association website.

The article, titled "India: Everything Gets Worse With Coca-Cola," also reported that the village's pollution control board ordered the Coke plant shut down recently, much "to the jubilation of tribal leaders and green activists."

The chairman of the Kerala State Pollution Control Board demanded the closure, because the plant "does not have adequate waste treatment systems and toxic products from the plant were affecting drinking water in nearby villages" and that the plant "has also not provided drinking water in a satisfying manner to local residents."

Of course, you get a completely different image of Coca-Cola in India from the company's corporate website.

Thanks to Maida in my KickSugar group for pointing out this story to me.

Moral of the story? Not only could excessive Coke harm our bodies, but it could devastate our lands, too.

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