Strange Bedfellows…

Ranger Rick, say it ain’t so!  I, like many others, have been following the news of the recent alliance between National Wildlife Federation, the nonprofit conservation organization, and Scotts Miracle-Gro, the so-called bad guys in the toxic lawn and garden business. NWF has always been a fine organization. My children grew up with Ranger Rick magazines. My parents had a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat and proudly framed the coveted certificate.

Apparently business is down for Scotts. I’d like to think that may be due to more exposure about the evils of RoundUp (read here about what Monsanto is up to these days) and the phosphorus laden fertilizers.

It seems evident to me that the almighty dollar has dictated this union between an organization that functions to protect all things wild and a company that seeks to produce things that pollute and kill. Will public opinion force a reversal? I think yes.

Naysayer Bloggers speak out:

You Grow Girl

The Deep Middle

SafeLawns

Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens

A way to Garden

Finally, listen to this chat between Kevin Coyle, VP for education and training at NWF and CEO and president, Larry Schweiger, about the partnership:

National Wildlife Federation

Update:

Joint Statement from ScottsMiracle-Gro and National Wildlife Federation

January 29, 2012

The National Wildlife Federation has worked together with ScottsMiracle-Gro over the past two years on programs to educate gardeners about global warming, connect children to the outdoors and help restore habitat following the Gulf oil disaster. Both parties recently announced plans for an even broader partnership that was based on our common interests.

Since that time, Scotts announced a pending legal settlement related to events in 2008 that predate our partnership, which has made it clear that the partnership is not viable. Therefore, NWF and Scotts will work together to end the partnership in a friendly and mutually beneficial way.

2 thoughts on “Strange Bedfellows…

  1. Facebook has been very entertaining this weekend with this same subject. Part of me is glad that some of that big agra/chem money might ironically be spent at NWF. However, another part of me finds the whole thing distasteful.

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