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SUING THE WORMPOOP PEOPLE

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower and Phillip Frazer - Fri., 8/3/07
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Corporate execs are always whining that they are besieged with lawsuits, but guess what group does more suing than anyone else? Corporations!

Consider Scotts MiracleGro, a multi-billion-dollar global chemical corporation that is suing a tiny upstart firm named TerraCycle. This enterprising small company is the sort of business that ought to be celebrated, not sued. A maker of all-natural garden products, TerraCycle's best seller is an ecofriendly plant food made of--are you ready?--liquified worm poop. Started in 2003 by a 25-year-old college dropout, the company feeds organic scraps to worms. The resulting waste is then brewed into a compost tea that is put into recycled soda bottles collected by school groups and charities.

Scotts, which makes synthetic plant food and controls some 60 percent of America's lawn and garden market, has unleashed a pack of corporate lawyers to sue TerraCycle because its recycled packages have green and yellow labels, the very colors used by Scotts. Anyone who looks at the two products can immediately see the difference, starting with the big words "Worm Poop" on TerraCycle's label. There's a clue! As for the green and yellow, no corporation can own colors, and many garden-care companies go for green and yellow.

To learn seven ways you can help TerraCycle survive this attempt to drive them bankrupt, go to www.suedbyscotts.com.



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