As consumers it’s easy to get caught up in a company’s image and reputation without knowing all of the facts.
After all, if a company becomes successful and its products start to spread they must be doing something good, right?
When it comes to lawncare, home and garden companies there are few more ubiquitous, and more trusted, than the Scotts Miracle-Gro brand.
You’ll find their products at just about every store from Wal-Mart to the local hardware store.
But the Scotts lawncare Company has more than its share of dirty little secrets.
And if you care about birds and the well-being of life in general you may want to pay close attention to what the Marysville, Ohio-based company was caught doing in 2012.
“Dangerously Toxic” Bird Seed Sold to Unsuspecting Public
America’s leading lawncare company, Scotts is also well known for their bird seed blends, which find their way into feeders nationwide.
Millions of customers purchased Scotts bird seed thinking they were buying something to help nourish and care for the birds in their neighborhoods — only to find out later that they had actually been purchasing banned, toxic seeds.
It was revealed according to investigators that Scotts had included two toxic pesticides banned for use in bird seed — Storcide II and Actellic 5E, in its products in order to save money while storing them, for a period of over two years and ending with a voluntary recall in March 2008.
The chemicals were added to protect them from insects, in other words to protect profits.
Scotts had failed to do its due diligence, ignoring warnings about Storcide II that the pesticide is actually toxic to the birds that were eating it. Fish and wildlife also were likely poisoned by these toxic seeds.
There’s no way of knowing how many animals were hurt or perhaps killed by these products, but considering that 70 million units were sold by Scotts for two years it’s safe to say that some massive damage was done.
“Largest Fines Ever” for Toxic Bird Seeds, Falsifying Documents
When the dust had settled in 2012, the Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts was ordered to pay $12.5 million in criminal and civil penalties that regulators said were the largest ever issued under federal pesticide laws.
The company had lied to the government, and to its customers, about the pesticides in their products.
They had misbranded them, included inadequate warning labels, falsified documents to the EPA and in total sold over 100 products that were in violation of federal law.
Scotts said that one employees acted alone in terms of the falsification of documents part. Its CEO Jim Hagedorn added that the company’s actions did “not reflect the company’s core values and history.”
But what type of core values does a company that works hand-in-hand with Monsanto and sells poisoned bird seeds to unsuspecting customers really have, anyway?
That’s up to you to decide every time you go to the cash register.