Scotts: Corporate Crimes

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Scotts pledges to do our best in order to improve the environment and the communities in which we live and work.[81] Quite how this equates to strip mining one of the rarest wildlife habitats in the UK (see Peat Extraction) is not made clear in the report.

According to Scotts: Our products play a key role in maintaining a healthy and beautiful environment. Lawn fertilizers help maintain thick, vigorous lawns that absorb rain, control runoff and cool the earth. Control products help eradicate pests that destroy landscapes and carry disease. And garden fertilizers create fuller blooms and larger, healthier plants.[82]

Fertilisers pollute waterways, causing algal blooms and deoxygenation of the water. This can result in the death of fish and a marked decrease in biodiversity. Control products destroy biodiversity, cause pollution and pose potential health risks to humans.

Scotts aspire to create a world full of lush green lawns, white picket fences and neat flower beds, where irritating pests and weeds (aka biodiversity) are abolished through a combination of fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. Although the potential consequences for the environment and human health could be devastating, 'Scotts' World' sure will look pretty.

Below is a small selection of Scotts' Corporate Crimes - this is in no way a comprehensive overview of Scotts' wrong doings:

Working Conditions

'Streamlining' In the financial year 2002, Scotts' laid off approximately 340 administrative, production, selling and other employees in North America and Europe due to “reduction in force initiatives and facility closures and consolidations.” In the financial year 2001, the company closed its Swinefleet factory in Yorkshire and it is due to close its manufacturing plant in Bramford, England in 2003.[83]

Health and safety Scotts has a dismal health and safety record, with its prolonged exposure of its employees to contaminated vermiculite (see below) demonstrating just how little weight the company gives to the welfare of its employees. The most recent serious health and safety incident that occurred at a Scotts plant, was a fork-lift accident at the company's plant in Chino, California in 2002. The accident resulted in the death of a Scotts' employee.[84]

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Vermiculite In April 2001, 20 years after Scotts told employees it was researching alternatives to vermiculite, the company finally announced plans to phase out the use of vermiculite in its products. The company had known that the product could potentially be contaminated with asbestos since 1971.[85] At least five Scotts workers have died and dozens more have become ill due to asbestos fibres that they inhaled while handling vermiculite, which the company used in potting soil and in fertilizers. The company initially denied that the ore caused any health problems but now acknowledges the deaths and illnesses.[86] In 1981, two of Scotts' employees attempted to sue Scotts for $5.9 million. Scotts could not be held liable however, since it is covered by the Ohio's Workers' Compensation System which shields companies from lawsuits in exchange for payments into a fund that supports injured workers.[87]

Despite Scotts learning in 1971 that the vermiculite it was obtaining from W.R. Grace Co.'s mine in Montana was contaminated with asbestos, the company failed to inform its workers until 1976.[88] Even then Scotts downplayed the risks. Very small trace amounts of asbestos exist in the vermiculite ore used in our Trionized Process” stated a memo sent to the workers. Ongoing testing by Scotts has shown that the levels of asbestos found in our plant are well within levels which the government has established as acceptable. However, information the company submitted to federal and state regulators in the 1970s and '80s showed that workers were exposed to short-term asbestos levels well above 10 fibres per cm3 of air - more than five times the level allowed under Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations at the time.[89]

Scotts waited a full 10 years, until 1980, to stop accepting vermiculite from the Montana mine. For the past two decades, the company has used vermiculite from a mine in Virginia and two in South Carolina. According to the US Geological Survey, asbestos has been found to be a contaminant in all three mines. [90]

In 1986, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that asbestos exposure at any level has the potential to cause cancer and in 1989 prohibited the manufacturing, importation, processing and distribution of most products containing asbestos. This ban was overturned in 1991, after a three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the agency did not adequately consider the economic effects of the ban.[91]

In April 2001, Scotts officials claimed that the company's sources of vermiculite were asbestos free. However, they later clarified their definition of the term and said that any asbestos contaminating the ore was well below regulatory limits. Scotts still denies that vermiculite poses any health risks. “I don't think it's an issue of safety, but we have 140 years of trust to manage here, said a company spokesman, explaining the company's decision to stop using the ore. “its an issue of perception. And that's sad, because vermiculite is such a great product.[92]

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Illegally selling pesticides In November 2002, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) took Scotts to court for failing to register two pesticides before selling and distributing them in New York State. The unregistered pesticides included a new formulation of Grubex that contained the active ingredient halofenizide. This product was subsequently denied registration, because of concerns about groundwater contamination, particularly in Long Island, which relies on a sole source aquifer for drinking water. During the course of the registration review, it was discovered that Scotts had sold Grubex to retail stores throughout the state, including stores on Long Island. Scotts was fined $300,000 and was required to pay $900,000 towards an Environmental Benefit Project for the disposable of old, unregistered, unusable or unwanted pesticide products.[93] Carbaryl Carbaryl is an insecticide used in a variety of Scotts' products, including Ortho Bug-Geta Plus - which the company claims is safe to use around fruit and vegetables;[94] Ortho Bug-B-Gon Garden & Landscape Insect Killer Granules;[95] Ortho Bug-B-Gon Lawn & Soil Insect Killer with Grub Control;[96] and, in Australia, Defender Home Garden Grasshopper Caterpillar Carbaryl Insecticide.[97] According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, headaches, memory loss, muscle weakness and cramps, and anorexia are caused by prolonged low-level exposure to carbaryl resulting from cholinesterase inhibition.[98] The chemical is also a suspected carcinogen and has been implicated in a variety of other health problems.[99]

Malathion Malathion is another insecticide used in several of Scotts' products, including Ortho® Mosquito-B-Gon Tree & Shrub Spray,[100] Ortho® Malathion Plus® Insect Spray Concentrate[101] and in Australia, Defender Home Garden Scale Plus Insect Spray.[102] According to the US Agency for Toxic Substances, malathion interferes with the normal function of the nervous system. Exposure to high amounts of malathion in the air, water, or food may cause difficulty breathing, chest tightness, vomiting, cramps, diarrhoea, watery eyes, blurred vision, salivation, sweating, headaches, dizziness, loss of consciousness, and death.[103]

Benomyl All pesticides sold or distributed in the United States must be registered by EPA, based on scientific studies showing that they can be used without posing unreasonable risks to people or the environment. The law requires that pesticides which were first registered before November 1, 1984, be re-registered. Benomyl was scheduled for re-registration in 2002; however, during 2001, the registrants of benomyl, which included Scotts, requested voluntary cancellation. Scotts used benomyl in some of its lawn fungicide products. Because of the voluntary cancellation decision, EPA did not complete risk assessments for benomyl.[104]

Benomyl is a recognised endocrine disruptor and developmental and reproductive toxicant. Effects associated with benomyl include liver toxicity, developmental toxicity (such as foetal eye and brain malformations and increased mortality), and reproductive (testicular) effects. It is also considered a possible human carcinogen. The chemical achieved notoriety in 2001 when a string of lawsuits were brought against DuPont (which marketed the chemical under the trade name Benlate) by parents whose children were born without eyes, after their mothers were exposed to the fungicide during pregnancy. EPA expects that use of any remaining benomyl products will end in 2003, given that production ceased in 2001, and the sale and distribution of benomyl products will end on December 31, 2002.[105]

Other Pesticides Below are just a few of the chemicals used in Scotts' pesticide products:

  1. Triforine – recognised developmental toxicant and suspected immunotoxicant.[106]
  2. Resmethrin - recognised developmental toxicant and suspected neurotoxicant.[107]
  3. Permetrin – suspected carcinogen and endocrine, gastrointestinal and reproductive toxicant.[108]
  4. Esfenvalerate – suspected endocrine toxicant.[109]
  5. Metaldehyde – suspected neurotoxicant.[110]
  6. Diazinon - suspected developmental and reproductive toxicant and neurotoxicant.[111]
  7. Bifenthrin – suspected carcinogen and neurotoxicant.[112]
  8. Phenothrin - suspected endocrine and kidney toxicant and neurotoxicant.[113]
  9. Tetramethrin – suspected carcinogen and neurotoxicant.[114]
  10. Acephate - suspected carcinogen and neurotoxicant.[115]
  11. Fenbutatin Oxide – suspected developmental toxicant.[116]
  12. Propoxur – suspected carcinogen, reproductive toxicant and neurotoxicant.[117]

According to Environmental Defense, there is insufficient data available for a safety assessment of all of these chemicals.[118] In other words Scotts, having completely failed to adequately assess their safety, is subjecting millions of people worldwide to a cocktail of chemicals that are recognised, or suspected, to be harmful.

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Environmental Issues Pollution

Scotts is currently involved in several legal actions with various government agencies relating to environmental matters.[119]

Pollution around the company's Marysville factory Scotts' officials describe the company as “a model environmental citizen”, yet Scotts has an appalling record of pollution around its Marysville factory in Ohio. The Marysville factory was opened in 1957, and from then until the mid-1990s the company dumped fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides that didn't meet quality control criteria into landfills, lagoons and fields surrounding the site.[120] The chemicals stored in this way included DDT and chlordane, both known carcinogens suspected of a variety of other toxic effects.[121] For details of other chemicals found in the environment around the Scotts plant see: .

Over the years these toxic chemicals have leached from the landfill sites surrounding the factory, been sprayed onto nearby fields and been spilt or discharged into nearby rivers. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) didn't start investigating the pollution until 1987, when Scotts released 35,000 of wastewater into Crosses Run, a stream that meanders through the company's property. The chemicals killed fish 10 miles downstream in O'Shaughnessy Reservoir, a source of drinking water for the nearby city of Columbus. Scotts was ordered to pay a $35,000 fine, however it took another decade before the company eliminated most of the waste lagoons and dismantled waste treatment plants that had discharged pollution into the stream.[122]

Another serious pollution incident occurred in 1993, when nitrogen-laden wastewater was sprayed on nearby farm fields, resulting in the death of 1,800 fish. In 1998, a neighbour reported to EPA that the company had been “pulling dead fish from their pond all day”. According to state inspectors, by the time they arrived on the scene, Scotts had already taken 1,000 to 2,000 dead fish to a landfill, making it impossible to determine what had killed them. Water samples collected the same day revealed levels of ammonia and several pesticides dangerous to humans in Crosses Run. The chemicals included dieldrin, endosulphan and heptachlor. The same year, the city of Columbus sent EPA a letter expressing concerns regarding high levels of nitrate and phosphorous contamination in the Scioto River. Water sampling traced the contamination back to the Scotts plant.[123]

In 2001, following four years of deliberations, the company finally came to agreement with the Ohio EPA, who had initiated an enforcement action against Scotts in 1997 regarding pollution from the site. The company agreed to pay a $275,000 fine and to undertake remediation activities on site.[124]

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The Scotts Company is the world leader in non-agricultural biotechnology. Through alliances with Sanford Scientific Inc., Rutgers University and Monsanto, Scotts has exclusive rights to commercialise transgenic turfgrasses – or “Frankengrass” as Steven M. Zien, executive director of Biological Urban Garden Services (BUGS) refers to it.[125] Scotts is also attempting to 'improve' flowers and other ornamentals through transformation.[126] Industry officials claim that, if licensed, GM lawn and garden products could have sales reaching $10 billion annually.[127]

Scotts' alliance with Monsanto has focussed on trying to produce turfgrass that requires less mowing and water, ornamental plants that last longer and produce larger and more plentiful blooms, and plants that will allow for more efficient weed control. Scotts has been working since 1997 on Roundup Ready(R) turfgrass, which is tolerant to Monsanto's Roundup(R), under a research agreement with Monsanto. In 1998 the relationship was expanded to cover new applications for Roundup Ready technology, as well as other 'improvements' to ornamental plants, including annuals, perennials, roses and woody ornaments.[128]

Dangers of Frankengrass According to Scotts' 'Give Back to Grow' report it is developing grasses that allow weeds to be controlled with less toxic chemicals”. However, glyphosphate (the active ingredient in Roundup) kills anything with which it comes into contact, and serious concerns have been raised regarding Roundup Ready turfgrass. Because of its broad-spectrum properties, the use of Roundup in lawns is currently limited to spot treatments. However, if Roundup Ready lawns were to be installed, gardeners would then be able to apply Roundup over the entire lawn area. The use of this herbicide would be likely to increase dramatically on home lawns, school grounds, athletic fields and golf courses all over the world – no doubt leaving Monsanto and Scotts rubbing their hands with glee at the associated rise in profits.

A number of potential problems could result from the commercialisation of Roundup Ready grass:

  1. Increased glyphosphate use, resulting in pollution and damage to non-target plants, leading to a loss of biodiversity and potentially harming wildlife dependent on native plants for food.
  2. Development of glyphosphate resistant weeds
  3. Economic harm resulting from the contamination of conventional turfgrass growing grounds.
  4. Economic harm to growers near GM planted grasses due to contamination by GM materials and herbicides.

Mark Schwartz, head of the branded plants group at Scotts, has suggested that the company may use Monsanto's Terminator technology in order to prevent genetic contamination, however in 1999 Monsanto's CEO Robert Shapiro promised to abandon its development of this technology.

Currently GM grasses in the US are regulated by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Recently the International Centre for Technology Assessment (ICTA), along with the Center for Food Safety, brought a lawsuit against USDA, regarding its failure to evaluate GM grasses as “noxious weeds”. The group wants USDA to label the grasses as such, to avoid their future commercialisation. The group is seeking a court order to end field trials until the lawsuit is settled.

Although Scotts and Monsanto have now withdrawn a recent petition to USDA to deregulate GM grass, Peter Jenkins from ICTA believes that they are likely to resubmit one soon.[129]

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According to Matt Phillips from Friends of the Earth, Scotts is “a world leader in peatland degradation”.[130]

Scotts makes much of its recycling record, pointing out that recycled by-products such as bark, manure and garden waste account for about 70% of the raw material used to produce its various growing media products.[131] However, the company fails to mention that the remaining 30% includes products such as peat, which is gathered using completely unsustainable harvesting techniques. For more information on the value of peat bogs and the threats facing them see:

Garden retailers, TV gardening celebrities and even some peat companies have accepted that a peat-free future is “...not only the preferred route but potentially inevitable."[132] However, rather than use its position as the worlds largest garden product company to assist this transition to peat-free gardening, Scotts has chosen to fight it. The company recently relaunched its peat products under the hugely successful Miracle-Gro brand in an attempt to boost sales. Scotts have also been deliberately attempting to mislead the public, since nowhere on the Miracle-Gro packaging does it say that the product is peat based.[133]

Scotts' agreement with English Nature According to Scotts 'Give Back to Grow' report it has recently: “entered into a ground-breaking agreement with the English government and environmental groups to restore three peat bogs operated by the company to maintain a unique wildlife habitat”. The company also claims to have “won praise for its environmental commitments.

The agreement to which the company is referring is one reached with English Nature to halt peat extraction at Thorne and Hatfield Moors in Yorkshire and Wedhome Flow in Cumbria. These are England's largest remaining lowland peatbogs and represent one of the most important wildlife habitats in the UK, being of international conservation importance. The sites were all designated by the UK government as top wildlife sites and parts of them are proposed as Special Areas of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive. Scotts continued to damage them, in the face of widespread public condemnation, by exploiting legal loopholes that are a hang-over from the end of World War II.[134]

In response to criticisms of its practices, Scotts' managers and spin doctors released a series of deeply misleading public statements. For example, in the industry journal Horticultural Week, Operations Director at Scott's substrate division, Nick Templeheald, claimed that“we extract from places of no wildlife interest - adjacent to designated SSSIs, but entirely separate from them”. This was despite Scotts' operations on Thorne Moors SSSI, Hatfield Moors SSSI and Wedholme Flow SSSI being within the boundaries of the respective Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The areas were selected by the UK Government's conservation advisers because of their wildlife value, and the designation put them in the top 8% of UK land area in wildlife terms.[135] The agreement with English Nature followed a long period of delaying tactics by the company - in order to allow it a “last-ditch mega-grab of peat”[136] before it agreed to end extraction. This is not the first time that Scotts has used such tactics and it seems that the corporation is now adept at using delaying tactics to slow down legal proceedings. For example, in 1990 the US government filed a suit against Scotts, seeking a permanent injunction against peat extraction at a site in New Jersey. However, the company's lawyers held the suit in 'administrative suspension' for 12 whole years, and peat extraction did not cease at the site until 2002.[137]

Under the deal, which was reached in April 2002, following extreme pressure from environmental groups,[138] Scotts agreed to end extraction immediately at Thorne Moors and Wedholme Flow and to phase out extraction on Hatfield Moors within the next three years. The deal will cost the British taxpayer a cool £21.1 million. Despite Scotts being compensated for a huge loss of earnings at the taxpayers expense, the company still states it “has access to adequate supplies of growing media to ensure demand is met for company products for the foreseeable future”.[139] Scotts will continue to extract peat from its other peatbog sites in the UK such as Carnwath Moss in Scotland, which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The company has agreed to undertake restoration work on the three sites, for which it will receive additional compensation from English Nature.[140] Activists are extremely doubtful of Scotts' ability to satisfactorily undertake this work, given its track record of environmental destruction.[141]

With the closure of UK peat mines, the problem may also just be shifted overseas. Imported peat will form a greater proportion of the market, with new bogs being destroyed in Ireland or the Baltic States.[142]

Faulty products In June 2000 the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that The Scotts Company would voluntarily recall its Ortho Ready-to-Use Home Defense Indoor and Outdoor Insect Killer after it was reported that the products' containers had a mechanical malfunction that caused exposure to people using them.[143]

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