Please drop your plans to market Roundup Ready Kentucky Bluegrass. This is an unnecessary product that has the potential to cause great harm to public health and organic farmers.
Surely you are aware of the many studies that point to the need to reduce the amount of glyphosate, the key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. Your new genetically engineered grass seed will dramatically increase the levels of this dangerous toxin in the environment, including in places where children play and where animals graze.
Roundup Ready Kentucky Bluegrass is being unleashed into the environment without any pre-market studies on its potential impact. Because of the ease with which grass spreads, this untested, unregulated genetically engineered grass will undoubtedly contaminate lawns, parks, fields and pastures where it is not wanted.
The dangers of glyphosate have been well-documented. We don’t need more of this toxin, especially in our lawns and parks where it could harm our most vulnerable citizens, children.
Farmers who must avoid all GMO contamination in order to sell organic meat will be at great risk of losing their certification, when genetically engineered grass contaminates their pastures. Studies show that genetically engineered grain causes severe health problems in animals, raising the concern that genetically engineered grass will do the same, in farm animals and in horses.
Please drop your plans to market this product which provides no value to consumers, farmers or the public. Until then, I refuse to purchase any Scotts products.
Organic Consumers Association
This petition closed 8 months ago
If you see your neighbor planting grass seed you might ask them if they work for Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. This summer, some employees of Scotts will be testing Scotts Roundup Ready Kentucky...
If you see your neighbor planting grass seed you might ask them if they work for Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. This summer, some employees of Scotts will be testing Scotts Roundup Ready Kentucky Bluegrass, genetically engineered to withstand heavy applications of Monsanto's Roundup.
Scotts plans to have a commercial version of its GMO grass on the market next year, and a consumer version on store shelves by 2016. Both are unregulated. Neither is subject to safety testing.
Tell Scotts you don't want more of Monsanto's chemicals in your soil and drinking water, and that you're boycotting all Scotts products until the company drops plans to sell GMO grass.
Please sign our petition to Scotts Chairman & CEO Jim Hagedorn, , and a few other key executives.
When you've finished, call Scotts Chief Communications Officer Jim King at (937) 578-5622, and let him know why you are boycotting Scotts products.
Monsanto and Scotts found a way to circumvent the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulatory process, allowing them to develop and market Scotts Roundup Ready Kentucky Bluegrass without any safety testing.
When consumers see it on the shelf, it will say Roundup Ready—but there will be no label that says the product is genetically modified.
The product's use will result in a dramatic increase in the amount of Monsanto's Roundup into the environment, where it will pollute soil and water, and expose people to increasingly higher levels of toxic chemicals.
There will be no way to prevent the grass from contaminating non-GMO lawns and parks, or pastures used by farmers to graze their animals.
Kentucky Bluegrass seed is genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate (AKA Roundup).
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide has recently been described by researchers as, "the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment," and has been linked to a litany of health disorders and diseases.
Scotts is Monsanto's exclusive agent for the marketing and distribution of consumer Roundup. Because Roundup will kill everything except the grass engineered to stand up to it, lawns all over the country will be green, lush—and toxic.