Monday, April 1, 2013

73 Million Packages of Poisoned Bird Seed Sold

Editor's Note:

This is old news but I only heard of it now from my friend, Irene, in Texas.  I'm so glad I don't read or watch the news.  I get enough of it sent to me.  Things like this can't be comprehended by my spirit, but my soul well knows the greed of corporations.  Concern for life of anything is not considered when it comes to making a Mighty Dollar.

Here's the story .....

Scotts Miracle-Gro products are known for zapping weeds dead. But it turns out they could be killing decidedly more attractive creatures — birds.

Scotts pled guilty to charges that the company illegally put insecticides in its “Morning Song” and “Country Pride” brands of bird seed. That’s right: The company knowingly coated products intended for birds to eat with substances toxic to birds and wildlife. 

According to court records, in 2008, Scotts distributed 73 million packages of bird seed coated with the insecticides Storcide II, containing the active ingredient chlorpyrifos, and and Actellic 5E, containing the active ingredient pirimiphos-methyl, intended to keep insects from destroying the seed.

The company continued to produce and market the insecticide-coated seeds despite being alerted to toxicity dangers by a Scotts staff chemist and ornithologist.  Read the entire article.

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