A reader of TMG was thoughtful enough to send me a link to a Washington Post article telling about the donation Scotts/MiracleGro companies made to one of the political canidates.
At the end of his email he said, “This will make me even less likely to buy their products.”
As you probably already know from previous posts, I go on record as never being likely to knowingly buy their products no matter who they do or don’t support. And what they do would not influence my vote in a political election either.
When Scotts or Monsanto publically announces they are giving to one party — rest assured that when the wind changes directions and they smell opportunity with the other party (which they will)— they’ll change direction with the wind.
Political Party “lines” don’t bother them
For one thing, it’s very well documented that Monsanto is never stopped by political party lines. They have infiltrated government at all levels and it has not mattered in the least what party was in control. (Scotts and Monsanto walk hand in hand. In case you don’t already know, Scotts is Monsanto’s exclusive agent for the international marketing and distribution of Roundup.)
Keeping Up with What’s Going On
I’ve never cared much for politics although our country is in such a dire situation right now that I do try to keep abreast of what is “really” going on. Main stream media is so biased that you can’t believe anything they say —- and some advocates of the other side can be just as biased the other way.
Fortunately there are some men and women of excellence and integrity who report the news and report the truth. So if you’re paying attention it’s possible to get the truth about those running our government and to know what they do and don’t stand for.
Playing the Cards We’ve been Dealt
As far as political parties go — I don’t feel either one is what it once was —- or should be. Since I have to choose one or the other I will choose based on the philosophy and political concepts that are behind that party. I don’t see where we have another choice since we can only play the hand we’re dealt —- and that’s either Democrat or Republican.
So I have to choose the one whose philosophy is as close as I can get to what I strongly believe in which is: freedom, liberty, government staying out of my business, government not having the right to tell me what to buy, a government that encourages people to support themselves rather than live on handouts, and a climate that favors men and women who are willing to risk everything they have to try to create a business and therefore employ others, create jobs, and in short — help our country to thrive.
The Political Party Won’t Make a Difference in Certain Matters
Unfortunately, no matter what party gets in, the serious problems that face us — especially when it comes to Monsanto, GMOs, chemicals, the poisoning of our people through big agri-business food, etc. will in all probability not be addressed. More than likely — things in those areas will continue to get worse.
“—those who call evil good and good evil—“
Many in the media, in our government, and folks in general are not attuned to what’s going on with those issues. Anyone who does address them is many times considered a kook. And Monsanto and their cohorts (like Scott’s Miracle Grow) have all the money they need to promote and brainwash the great majority of the people into thinking that GMOs, harmful chemicals, and all the rest of it —- are really ok.
As has been said — if a lie is told often enough and long enough, people start to believe it as the truth. And that is exactly what has happened — except for the few people who are managing to keep up with what’s going on.
What Could Bring About a Change?
The only thing I can see changing all that is the educating of the masses about what giants like Monsanto and Scotts are doing. And even then — once they know — they’ll have to do something.
(It would be a big step if our leaders were really knowledgeable in these matters rather than just going along with whatever Monsanto says.)
A small step in the right direction would be to not support Monsanto, Scotts, or others like them. I know it’s not likely to happen — but just think if people did know and were willing to take that step! Wow! Monsanto and Scotts would get the message in hurry.
I choose not to support Monsanto or Scotts. And I know — although I’m in the minority —- I’m not alone. There are others doing the same thing.
More things about Scott’s Miracle Grow Company that might help you if you are trying to decide whether or not to buy their products:
- Scott’s Miracle Grow is not approved for use in organic gardens.
- In addition — using inorganic fertilizers over time will build up salts in the soil and decrease available nutrients.
Their Organic Products – The Not so Obvious
As you probably know, Miracle Grow has a line of organic products. I find that almost a joke, considering Monsanto’s Round-up (distributed and marketed by Scotts) has probably single handily done more to pollute our country (and the earth for that matter) than any product ever used. (More about this in a future post.)
- Their organic line has wetting agents. Most wetting agents are detergents. Many are known to cause cancer.
- Their Miracle Gro Organic Choice Garden Soil has biosolids in it. Biosolids is the word the industry chose to conceal the true identity of sludge. (That’s poop and worse.) Sludge is BIG BUSINESS since there is so much that has to be disposed of and it just keeps on coming.
When you consider the poor quality of food that passes through the vast majority of people, the tons of antibiotics and medications that also pass and/or are flushed down the drain, —– not to mention the viruses, chemicals, bacteria, and parasites — that end up in sludge — it’s hard to believe that the industry is convincing conventional farmers that it’s good to raise food in it. AND now they are lobbying to try to get the organic industry to accept it! If Miracle Gro Oganic Choice Garden Soil is any indication —- they already have.
I would not want food or fertilizer or anything else that is polluted with even a small amount of this noxious stew.
This disregard for public health dominates in the chemical AND agricultural market. You need to do your research in almost everything you buy if at all possible. You can’t put your faith in the EPA and USDA regulations.
Scotts Miracle Gro Company Knowingly Sold Poisoned Bird Seed.
One of the things that to my knowledge never made a blip in the mainstream media was Scott’s Miracle Grow Company selling poisoned bird seed from 2005 through 2008. Two pesticides were added to the seed to protect it during storage. One was clearly marked as extremely deadly to birds. (That same chemical has been linked to Colony Collapse Disorder the has killed bees all over the world.)
Court records showed that Scott’s own scientist warned them of the risk in 2007 and Scotts continued to sell the deadly product until March 2008. They sold a total of 73 million units of poisoned bird seed.
And it gets worse — they even falsified pesticide registration documents to give the illusion that both products were permitted in bird seed! And as one article put it, Scotts “fabricated correspondence and agency documents … in an effort to deceive the EPA into believing it had registered these products but lost its files.”!!! (Exclamation marks are mine.)
They pleaded guilty and were fined a laughably small $4.5 million. “Laughably small” when you consider that they take in almost $3 billion in world sales each year. I read somewhere the CEO James Hagedorn’s annual pay package is about the same as the fine.
From what I’ve read this is not the only time that Scott’s tried to deceive the public as well as the EPA with false documentation. (If you want to read more here’s a link.)
Scotts plan for the future — Pushing more GMOs and Roundup of course!
With the USDA (who is strongly supportive of the biotech industry anyway) admitting that they’re not set up to regulate GMOs — the biotech industry is left to regulate itself. (Boy oh Boy! Talk about something from a horror movie!)
Not surprisingly Scott’s Miracle-Gro is said to be moving full speed ahead on introducing a genetically modified Kentucky bluegrass into the marketplace this year. Of course, you realize that they recommend spraying RoundUp across the lawn to eliminate the weeds.
That will do lots to devastate even more soil (yes, Round Up is harmful to soil! I’ll post on it sooner or later.) and contaminate rivers and streams. It will also result in the mass genetic contamination of other types of grasses. Need I add, that once that is done there is no going back.
I hope I’ve given you enough information to consider. If not, there’s plenty more information out there on the activities and harm that the bad guys are doing.
I know I’m only one person, but I plan to do my part no matter how small. Collectively we can be stronger and really make a difference. I don’t think the politicians in either party are going to do it for us.
You say biosolids, I say sludge THIS IS A MUST READ. Gives the real “poop” on biosolids. (Sorry I couldn’t resist that.)
www.responsibletechnology.org – A good site to read more and find more articles about the dangers of genetically modified foods and the harm they cause to your body. There is more and more evidence of harm from GMOs.
GMO alert: top 10 genetically modified foods to avoid eating — ( another example of Monsanto in our government when Obama appointed Michael Taylor — a used to be vice president for Monsanto – as senior advisor for the FDA! As I told you — they have both parties in their pockets — so don’t be fooled.)
This link will give you lots of very good and informative articles about roundup. Be aware that the page is filled with ads by Google and one of the ads is a video ad by none other than RoundUp telling how great it is!
This link gives you more articles about genetically modified news.
Scotts Miracle Gro – the bird-killing company (this article was written before Scott’s pleaded guilty)
Class Claims Mircle-Gro Sold Toxic Bird Feed (this article was written before Scott’s pleaded guilty)
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