Friday, February 13, 2009

Holy Cow, What A Cola

From SMH online today:
NEW DEHLI: For millions of devout Hindus, it's the real thing: a cola made from the urine of India's sacred cows. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a leading Hindu cultural group, has developed Gau Jal or Cow Water, at its research centre in the holy city of Haridwar on the River Ganges, and hopes it will be marketed as a "healthy" alternative to Coke and Pepsi.

In some Indian states, cow dung and urine are sold in regular dairy shops alongside milk and yoghurt. Om Prakash, the director of the RSS cow protection department, said: "It will be a revolution of sorts. The acceptance of cow urine as a potent medicine is increasing day by day and once it comes as a cold drink, its demand will definitely increase. It will justify the high stature accorded to a cow in Indian culture." His team is focusing on packaging, marketing and preservation work to stop its drink from developing an unpleasant odour in the summer heat.

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