Gallery: New York State to Pour 50,000 Gallons of Beet Juice All Over R...

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New Yorkers are used to having beets in their salads, pastas and fresh juices, but we could soon have them on our roads as well. The idea is part of New York State’s pilot program to test out more environmentally-friendly ways to prevent icy roads, and will entail dumping a mix of 50,000 gallons of beet juice and brine on highways to keep cars from dangerously slipping and sliding during the winter months.

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  1. beadfreak7 December 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm
    So .....sugar in the streets has got to be good news for the bugs and rats
  2. Margeret Maicus April 11, 2013 at 9:44 am
    Thank you for the wise critique. Me & my neighbour were preparing to do some research about that. We received a excellent book on that matter from our local library and most books exactly where not as influensive as your information. I am extremely glad to see these information which I was searching for a long time.
  3. TAMATAR February 8, 2013 at 11:12 am
    would love to know if testing has been done on what happens to all the stains and coloring\\\\\\\'s it does by splashing around ...its a very potent coloring agent too..... i am imagining all white cars splashed red ...
  4. Jasmine Tokuda February 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    .......This give a whole new meaning to the term "Borscht Belt"........
  5. User1 February 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    Regular beets or sugar beets? This works because beets are so high in sugar, and sugar with salt helps ice melt better. The trouble with using sugar beets on icy roads is that they are GMO, and anything that increases demand for GMO sugar beets is a BAD thing...