Scotts Miracle Gro Sues TerraCycle over Color Scheme of Label and Claims of Organic Superiority
Original Arty exerpt below in bold Anti Capitalist product, do not use! Buy this instead !! But Scotts sees similarities between the two plant-food makers. So, the Goliath of plant products sued late last month, accusing TerraCycle of copying its look and falsely claiming that its organic products are better than synthetic ones like Miracle-Gro. In order to make my point in regarding this article I want to first make it clear I am not a believer in Man Made Global Warming ( MMGW ). I have extreme skepticism about anything that comes out of the green lobby money machine. Terracycle appears to be a company that plays some of the same schemes and themes of the green movement. That being said, for Scotts Miracle Gro to bring a lawsuit over usage of similar colors or advertising claims is a mickey mouse-(tm) things to do. ( Will Walt-Disney sue me for that reference?!!! ) 1- similar colors – ok so like I invented the particular shade of green, so both companies owe me royalties! If color schemes can be claimed in a proprietary fashion we're ALL going to owe the gays a truckload of money!!! 2- advertising claims?!!! – If we sue every time an advertiser makes unsubstantiated claims we are ALL going to be in the poor house. In the case of the claims by TerraCycle: My experience with fertilizer teas is that if you allow a healthy bacteria growth in the tea that for some reason the plants are markedly more vigorous. Of course this is in Arizona soils which are definitely more steril than midwestern soils. However I can say in at least the Arizona situation that Terracycles product is likely to be much more effective a product if its not pasteurized. ( I assume not since its not for human consumption! ….although I wish the Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO James Hagedorn would grab a bottle of TerraCycles Worm Poo Tea and chug it post haste. His herd of lawyers should follow suit ! I won't be buying any more Scotts products until and only if Scotts reimburses TerraCycle for all costs they have incurred due to Scotts Miracle Gro's suit against them. I am an ultra-capitalist as you reading this should be. It is the most efficient ecological protection mechanism that has ever been created. You may not understand this now but you will someday. This principle will be hammered again and again as we proceed into the future by forces more powerful than any one person or group.
Update: Terracycle settled by changing packaging and stopping claims of being better than MiracleGro.