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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.

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April 16, 2012

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The Zen Birdfeeder

Atlanta, the "safest" fertilizers in my opinion are not chemical at all. I haven't used chemicals on my yard or garden for years; I feel that's the best route.

Atlanta L.

We should be extra careful when applying chemicals in our lawn because this can affect the health of other animals. This can also cause risk for our kids health that's why we must have enough knowledge about the fertilizers that we are using. Seeking the help of experts can help you in the proper application of safe fertilizers for your lawn.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Julie, Monsanto's environmental record is horrendous and has been for years. I hope one of your local stores adds another choice for you. Thanks for adding your thoughts.

Julie Zickefoose

Yep. How I wish I had another source of seed. Alas, all three outlets in my little town stock nothing but Scott's products. It's awful. Why are we surprised that Monsanto put their profits ahead of the health of the very birds they were feeding? They do that with humans, too, and they do their best to crush the small farmers who struggle under ridiculous USDA "rules" which heavily favor agribusiness over independent producers. It's enough to make you go back to the land for everything. Well done, Nancy.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Susan, thanks for sharing via Twitter!
Polly and Beatriz, thanks for caring and for your comments!

Beatriz Moisset

Every bag of bird seed should have a sticker saying something like: "This is not a complete diet, please supplement it with seeds grown in your garden and with baby bird food (e.g. insects) also grown in your garden".

It is such a paradox when people buy bird seed and poison the insects that are necessary for their babies.

Polly Windels

Thanks for the info. Hated the companies to begin with, but now this!

Susan Ellis

Shared and tweeted. Thanks for the information. I don't/won't buy prepared seed mixes...finding that black sunflower seed, niger, shelled nuts, and suet work perfectly well!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Curt, from my position, I'm reluctant to START one, though one is certainly warranted. I'd sign on though!!
Margaret, what we don't know can be deadly.
Vincent, Thanks!
Linda G., thanks for your action letting Scotts know how you feel and thanks for your comment. Please feel free to share this post with your friends.
Ellen, thanks and I'm glad the post helped you. Take care.

Ellen

I had no idea until I read your post that Scotts was part of Monsanto, a company that engages in what I consider unethical business practices. Thank you for sharing this information. We all need to be informed consumers!

Linda G

When I heard of this I tweeted Scotts and told them I would never use their products again. Money certainly blinds people. Very sad indeed!

Curt R

So, how about a Facebook petition to let them know what you think?
Does Scotts still do this?

Vincent Mistretta

You go girl!

Margaret

I hear you on that one. Monsanto doesn't need my money. Folks should realize that, just because a product is being sold, it doesn't mean that it is safe!

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