Re: Scotts Company & USBG
We must be careful not to turn the audience off before they hear the
message. I often find myself doing that. Your points are well taken
and sharp witted!
On Tue, 23 Nov 1999 14:34:33 -0600 "Laura McKenzie"
> Please believe me when I say my reply to you wasn't an
>attack but a stance. You are beginning to take it personally.
> First, since you don't know me, you don't know that I try
>very hard not to drive at all and since we're doing our best to
>get our garden to the point where I can grow all our food
>except grains (we're vegetarians), I won't even need a grocery
>store soon. And yes, everyone including me needs to stop
>driving our cars around as much as we do. We live a good
>distance out in the country and since I homeschool my children
>and don't have a second income, we're careful about driving for
>more reasons than one. I always call my friends and offer to
>do their shopping for them "in town" so the driving is reduced
>and mostly my husband picks up everything on his way home from
> Second, Scotts is a villianous company. Sorry if saying
>that offends you. They are and they know they are. A spade is
>a spade no matter how much money it contributes to our economy
>or to charities. A better point than mine was the one about
>the mindless cartoonish commercials out there that make folks
>feel safe and secure in using whatever they want however they
>want to in their gardens. Since I personally have a friend who
>is dying of advanced breast cancer and has a husband with
>non-hodgkins lymphoma and a daughter with brain tumors, I have
>seen devestation wreaked by Scotts and other companies. Get
>these companies talking and eventually they'll start talking
>numbers and "acceptable risk". Seeing my friend and her family
>makes me feel there is no acceptable risk. (Likely their
>problems stem from living beside a place that is consistently
>and heavily sprayed with herbicides... there are studies by
>respectable institutions if you want to read them.)
> Lastly, I'm not hating everyone who uses weed be gone or
>whatever. I am offering a free alternative and help for anyone
>not wanting to hurt others and themselves by giving money to
>chemical companies. The attitude " just a little won't hurt"
>is generated directly by the company you are defending. I don't
>blame you or other consumers for believing their line. They
>spend millions on advertising to convince you and I'm just one
> I personally depend on compost tea for just about every
>ill in my garden that good soil can't take of and it works just
>fine. If it doesn't, I wasn't meant to grow that plant this
>year. If anyone wants compost tea recipes just write me! If
>suggesting that we make compost tea and mulch and not spend our
>money on Scotts brand products makes enemies of them, then so
>be it. They were enemies to start with as far as I'm concerned.
>(Keep in mind my friends.) There is a time to say "no" and I've
> Every dumb worker is not responsible for the company
>suggested playing in Diazinon.
>Very few people can follow directions; people who won't read
>by directions should all become organic gardeners. And we
>all take anyone else's word for safety! However, villianizing
>isn't going to turn this world around and it will make enemies
>environmentalists will have to subdue before we can accomplish
> We need to take this serious task one step at a time.
>Ants are important in improving the soil in the low desert.
>creature has an important job to do. Perhaps the thing to
>educate people about the role ants play in improving the soil.
>also eat termites!
>Gasoline is poluting our air; why don't you walk everywhere you
>Perhaps it is inconvienent to take your idealism that far?
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