Will Modi's campaign for adding fruit juice to aerated beverages make the drinks healthier?
Modi deserves praise. Who thinks of fruit growers in this day and age? They are among the few people who keep the planet green. Perhaps India can come up with its own version of Tropicana?
ARJUN S KRISHNAN This is a bad idea. Wholesome fruit is always better than juice as the fruit is loaded with fibre. Mixing fruit juice with aerated drinks will only deteriorate its quality. This is like mixing pure drinking water with contaminated water. The latter will not become pure only because it has been mixed with pure water. Packaged juice these days is a form of aerated sugar drink. It should be avoided.
DEVANG SHAH Why do Indians and Americans so love aerated sugar drinks with zero nutrition value?
SANJEEV PRAKASH It is always better to have fruits rather than rely on fruit juice.
for power and other industries, despite the fact that this information is vital for national planning and is needed for transparent evaluation of assets as well as for block allocation.
The debate over coal allocation makes me ponder over other natural resources that are being mined by influential corporate houses throughout the country in the absence of proper legislation and statutory guidelines. One example is limestone. As this mineral is found in abundance in Himachal Pradesh, many cement manufacturing companies are making a beeline to the hilly state. The government, too, has been liberal in granting them permission to extract and mine limestone, without any consideration for the ecology of the state. The companies exploit the absence of guidelines and resort to indiscriminate mining. This has not only led to pollution but has also disturbed the atmosphere of public places like hospitals, educational institutions and parks.
L R SHARMA
Leap out of the climate cauldron
This is with reference to the editorial "Ozone-smart, climate-cool" (October 16-31, 2014). Finding alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons is loaded with the geopolitics between developed and developing countries. Creating a new problem instead of phasing out a self-created one is an endless pulley. Developing technologies of convenience is not the solution. We need long-term measures to address climate change. I agree that alternative technologies should be rated on the basis of life-cycle energy emissions.
N K AGARWAL
It is an excellent editorial on a burning topic. However, I wonder why the writer differentiates between ozone-depleting chemicals and those which are responsible for climate change. I believe there is a strong relationship between the two and hence should be considered simultaneously.
Green makeover for buildings
(October 16-31, 2014) raised key issues on the manner in which Indian industry and public approach energy conservation in buildings. It is necessary that the government makes mandatory the publishing of performance results of certified buildings, just like rainwater harvesting has been made mandatory in threestoried buildings in Chennai. Be it existing or new buildings, their green certification must be produced under the law.
BHARATH KUMAR K