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Fw: Scotts Company & USBG

-----Original Message-----
From: Cyndy Ross <cynross@tir.com>
To: Jim Flint <jimf@garden.org>
Date: Thursday, November 18, 1999 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: [cg] Scotts Company & USBG

>Your response tells me you did not read the attached article.  Perhaps you
>did not receive it.  Here is the website address
>http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/nat_garden/ng_updates.html  Please review for
>yourself.  If you still need more information on what synthetic chemicals
>are doing to our gifted planet, I'd be happy to pass along more resources
>you.  Also, please refer to the ACGA's archived files.  By all means, I
>encourage everyone to become more educated, particularly when it comes to
>topics such as this.....propaganda is no better than gossip & just as
>destructive.  'Tis far better to persuade people to do the right thing.
>I don't doubt the Scott's company does "good deeds" nor do I criticize the
>generosity.  Yet, I do criticize how & where the revenue is earned in order
>to make such a substantial donate.  Character always matters.  Good deeds
>not cancel bad ones if the bad ones continue.  Just like one of the major
>objections (among the 95) Dr. Martin Luther had with the Roman Catholic
>Church in the 16th century, 'you can't buy indulgences to replace remorse
>repentance for forgiveness'.  Would you have a problem with drug dealers or
>terrorists funding much need school programs?   Or, tobacco companies
>funding cancer wings in hospitals while continuing to advertise cigarettes
>to teenagers?
>Many postings on this site, particularly over the past few months, have
>provided substantial resources concerning the detriment of synthetic
>chemicals to our precious earth, including 'Roundup'.  One of the main
>offending products Scotts company offers is "Roundup".  Other leading
>products by Scotts company:  Miracle-Gro (makes plants deplete nutrients
>of the soil at an unnatural accelerated rate, faster than nutrients are
>added), Miracid, Ortho, Hyponex, EarthGro, & Osmocate.  What good is
>donating food contaminated with chemicals if people become sick (i.e.
>cancer).  John Hopkins' Hospital recently had articles verifying pesticides
>can cause cancer.  Granted, I'm not sure if the pesticides they tested were
>from Scotts.  However, it raises an extremely valid question to ask &
>I have been told by a biology professor (graduate level) that healthy soil
>contains micro-organisms & nutrients registering in the millions per square
>foot (or inch ?).  And, that in controlled experiments synthetic chemicals
>have dramatically reduce the numbers to mid-hundreds.  This greatly affects
>plants & all those relying on the growth of plants.  Therefore, this is a
>much bigger picture than "passionate feelings" & has more to do with simple
>rights & wrongs of stewardship.
>Thank you for taking the time to respond.  Peace be with you.
>Cyndy Ross, Chairperson
>SLLC Organic Community Garden
>Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jim Flint <jimf@garden.org>
>To: community_garden@mallorn <community_garden@mallorn.com>; Cyndy Ross
>Date: Thursday, November 18, 1999 9:40 AM
>Subject: [cg] Scotts Company & USBG
>>Your note on the ACGA list serve caught my eye this morning. Could you
>>could provide more information on how Scott's products are destroying the
>>soil and harming our ecosystem. Is this a general indictment for all
>>Scott's products, or are there specific products that are of concern?
>>Looking at this issue from another perspective, questions arise when a
>>garden-based company makes a gift to a public garden and then is
>>in a community forum for their generosity.
>>Perhaps before community gardeners are encouraged to fax notes to the
>>director of the US Botanical Garden, Robert Hansen, there might be more
>>information available from differing viewpoints for members of the
>>community garden list serve to consider.
>>For example .... Scotts has been extremely generous in providing support
>>for Plant A Row for the Hungry, which is sponsored by the Garden Writers
>>America. This program is active in hundreds of community gardens
>>the country and helps Food Banks by encouraging donations of fresh
>>Scotts has also provided financial support for community parks, school,
>>youth garden programs that have a positive impact on thousands of
>>While as community gardeners we have passionate feelings about the earth,
>>let's open this issue up to some discussion and work in a collaborative
>>to advocate for community gardening and protection of our ecosystem,
>>without alienating companies like Scotts who actively support community
>>school gardening efforts.
>>Jim Flint
>>Youth Garden Grants Director
>>National Gardening Association
>>At 01:41 PM 11/17/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>>>Did you realize that our US Botanical Garden is being supported by "The
>>>Scott's Company"? The conflict, however, is that Scott's
>>produce/manufacture >products which destroy the soil & in turn, harm our
>>delicate ecosystem. Rather >than purpetuating the sale & manufacture of
>>such harmful products to "buy >indulgences" via supporting The National
>>Garden, we would all be much better >off if they just ceased & desist. If
>>you are as appalled by this adultery as I >am, please
>>>contact the Executive Director, Robert Hansen, fax  (202) 225-7910.
>>>you for your time.   Peace Be With You, Cyndy Ross, Chairperson SLLC
>>>Organic Community Garden Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church 2399 Figa Avenue W.
>>>Bloomfield, MI 48324-1808   zone 6A
>>community_garden maillist  -  community_garden@mallorn.com

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