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Is that Fertilizer or just Shit?

Scotts Miracle-Gro is making headlines because they publicly donated $200,000 to Romney’s SuperPAC “Restore Our Future”.

Yes, that is the same Scotts Miracle-Gro that pleaded guilty to selling birdseed that was coated with a pesticide toxic to birds, even after their own scientists warned them of the problem. And in a separate case, falsified documents submitted to the EPA about their pesticides. And the same company that is fighting to overturn bans on the use of fertilizers during the rainy season in some cities in Florida (the fertilizers aren’t needed and cause massive and toxic blooms of red-tide and green slime, but they make a lot of money for Scotts). And is fighting regulations on pesticides and other toxic chemicals.

My only question is, in their accounting books, what is Scotts hoping to buy with this donation?



  1. a regular reader wrote:

    Dude: please avoid the profanity so that I may share stories like this with the people who matter!

    Friday, August 10, 2012 at 1:47 am | Permalink
  2. Bard wrote:

    Hasn’t Scotts been donating a lot of political money for a while now?

    Friday, August 10, 2012 at 5:55 am | Permalink
  3. Dan wrote:

    Manure work better? It’s all the same, comes out of the south end of a north bound cow, it is what it is, if the “people that matter” are too polite to read the word “shit,” then odds are they won’t do anything about it anyway. I don’t use their products. Welcome to the Plutocracy.

    Friday, August 10, 2012 at 6:47 am | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    Sorry, I used to live in Texas, and there the word “shit” isn’t considered profanity (and is spoken with three syllables). I couldn’t resist the pun on fertilizer, but I guess the word manure would work too. Just doesn’t have the right ring to it.

    Friday, August 10, 2012 at 8:22 am | Permalink
  5. David Freeman wrote:

    I can vouch for Iron Knee on both the three syllable pronunciation and the everyday usage of shit from my time in Texas. However, I can relate to Regular Reader’s concern too because my mom from South Carolina, who was no prude, always said that she didn’t like that word because she could taste it every time she heard it. I never asked how she knew what it tasted like.

    Friday, August 10, 2012 at 10:13 am | Permalink
  6. ROF wrote:

    ^How could that not be a tongue-in-cheek comment ~~ either way?

    Friday, August 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink
  7. Don in Waco wrote:

    Representing current Texas here I guess…I had to look twice at the post to find the profanity. While it hasn’t likely made its way into church bulletins, newspapers, or media broadcasts, its not the kind of word that will get you shushed anymore in polite company. There’s also the option of using only the first two sylables, say around small children and hyper-sensitive adults.

    As for Scott’s, does the political divide extend to lawncare too? I’ve been able to convince any number of conservative types of the advantages to using organic techniques in lawns and gardens. Weed and Feed products should be banned due to their pollution tendencies, adding nutrients to runoff. Use compost, folks.

    Friday, August 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink
  8. ebdoug wrote:

    I have no mosquitoes because I use no lawn products. I feed the birds all year. Between the birds, the bats, the frogs and toads and the other flying insects, I have the mosquitoes taken care of, naturally. No poisons here.

    Friday, August 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink