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Scotts Miracle-Gro Pleads Guilty to Selling Poisoned Bird Seed
By Paul E. McGinniss
Well, it's no miracle that the company behind "miracle grow" wants you to think that getting that perfect looking lawn is so easy and good for you. Look how easy it is—just pour on the chemicals.
I just read on GRIST that Scotts has pleaded guilty to charges that the company illegally put insecticides in its “Morning Song” and “Country Pride” brands of bird seed. I'm flabbergasted that any company would deliberately coat products intended for birds to eat with substances toxic to birds and wildlife. Why? Apparently they didn't want the bird seed to be eaten by bugs.
OrganicConsumers.org has reported:
The single biggest problem we face in the gardening industry is the marketing muscle of Scotts and related synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, according to Charles L. Batcheler, a longtime buyer for Merrifield Garden Center in Virginia. Batcheler said: "We sell all sorts of natural, safer products for the garden. They won't hurt your pets or children. They're better for the environment by far. But as long as Scotts spends millions and millions of dollars on television advertising, we're not going to be able to convince everyone that there's a better way of gardening than Scotts' four-step plan."
Grist also reported: "In addition to the bird seed, Scotts is in big trouble for selling chemical-loaded gardening products without first obtaining registration from the EPA. The federal government alleges that a Scotts manager even went so far as to fabricate documents and correspondence with the agency."
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By Nancy Schimelpfening
- Nutrition experts say healthy eating is about making good choices most of the time.
- Treats like cookies can be eaten in moderation.
- Information like total calories, saturated fat, and added sugars can be used to compare which foods are relatively healthier.
- However, it's also important to savor and enjoy what you're eating so you don't feel deprived.
Yes, we know. Cookies aren't considered a "healthy" food by any stretch of the imagination.
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