Will Modi's cam­paign for adding fruit juice to aer­ated bev­er­ages make the drinks health­ier?

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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.


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.


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.


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