What type of soda hurts the environment the most?

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    A soda that uses more natural resources is obviously going to be the most detrimental to the environment.  This is a list of sugar contents in grams per ounce in some of the most popular sodas.  Mountain Dew has 3.92 g/oz, Cherry Coke3.50 g/oz, Dr Pepper 3.42 g/oz, Coca-Cola Classic 3.38 g/oz, Pepsi-Cola 3.33 g/oz, and Sprite 3.25 g/oz.  Sugar is derived from natural ingredients, and therefore, the more sugar used causes more destruction of natural resources and hurts the environment the most.

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      Since virtually all sodas use high fructose corn syrup, made from corn produced on huge industrial corn farms that pollute waterways by over-fertilizing and pollute airways by burning fossil fuels, virtually all sodas are equally degrading to the environment because they all support the demand for cheap corn syrup which perpetuates intensive environmentally (and socially) damaging corn farming.
      Specifically responding to the question, the only soda less detrimental to the environment would be a soda produced close to where you live using a non-corn syrup based sugar. That would probably mean a soda made using cane sugar, which would only be local to you (assuming you live in the US) if you live in the southeast. I would recommend not drinking soda ever, if you want the best option for environmental health.
      You can watch Food Inc., read “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” or “Fastfood Nation” to learn more.

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    Sorry, I posted this as a comment on the answer. I meant to post it as answer, so here it is.

     

    Since virtually all sodas use high fructose corn syrup, made from corn produced on huge industrial corn farms that pollute waterways by over-fertilizing and pollute airways by burning fossil fuels, virtually all sodas are equally degrading to the environment because they all support the demand for cheap corn syrup which perpetuates intensive environmentally (and socially) damaging corn farming.
    Specifically responding to the question, the only soda less detrimental to the environment would be a soda produced close to where you live using a non-corn syrup based sugar (or a sugar produced in an environmentally friendly way). That would probably mean a soda made using cane sugar, which would likely only be local to you (assuming you live in the US) if you live in the southeast. I would recommend not drinking soda ever, if you want the best option for environmental health.
    You can watch Food Inc., read “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” or “Fastfood Nation” to learn more.

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