Monday, June 03, 2013
Birds face many man-made mortal threats: windows, cats, habitat destruction, even climate change. And now, there's poison—in their bird seed.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company had been in the habit of applying banned pesticides to its wild bird food products. In particular, the company applied a chemical known as Storcide II to its bird food despite a warning label for that product that reads "Storcide II is extremely toxic to fish and toxic to birds and other wildlife."
Why add a compound toxic to birds to food meant to be eaten by birds? Because Scott didn't want bugs infesting its bird food during storage.
By the time Scotts stopped adding the pesticide in March 2008, the company had sold some 70 million bags of adulterated bird food. The company also submitted false documents to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, distributed pesticides with misleading labels and distributed illegal pesticides. As a result, the EPA slapped the company with $12.5 million in criminal fines and civil penalties.
Watch, too, if your cats roam, because they can be poisoned by the birds, too. Because I think that some other company must be doing it. Maybe not the same poison, but Scott got such a tiny slap on the wrist.
Google for links. I had to find this information in a UK newscast. Why don't they publish this stuff in the USA news?
I was so happy with my bird feeders, then the bird numbers dropped dramatically and I found some dead birds, after opening that last bag from Walmart. Some birds were sitting hunched over like they were sick, today, on the feeder, not eating. I wondered what was wrong..... Now I wonder if there are other brands using pesticides. I dumped my seeds and I'm thinking of dumping my feeders because I don't know if I can get pesticide off them. Birds are so sensitive to poisons. I don't know what to do.
I feel like crying.