Wednesday 21 March 2012 14.58 EDT

The Scotts Miracle-Gro company pleads guilty to knowingly selling poisoned birdseed, and lawn and garden care products containing undocumented pesticides, to an unsuspecting public

A flock of bushtits, Psaltriparus minimus, on a birdfeeder in Salem, Oregon.
Image: Scott Catron (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unportedlicense; velociraptorise)
I recently heard about the most astonishing corporate crime: the American company, Scotts Miracle-Gro, violated US federal environmental laws by manufacturing and selling poisoned birdseed for more than two years. The Scotts Miracle-Gro company entered guilty pleas to all charges in U.S. District Court and these guilty pleas were accepted by Judge James Graham on Tuesday, 13 March 2012. Penalties have not yet been determined.The Scotts Miracle-Gro company, based in Marysville, Ohio, USA, is the world’s largest marketer of lawn and garden care products which are sold under a number of consumer brand names, including Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, and Ortho®. In Europe, the company’s brands include Weedol®, Pathclear®, Celaflor®, Evergreen®, Levington®, Miracle-Gro®, KB®, Fertiligene® and Substral®. Additionally, Scotts is Monsanto’s exclusive agent for the marketing and distribution of consumer Roundup®

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