The latest poop

Last fall I posted something about TerraCycle, which produces an organic fertilizer from, um, worm droppings. (Do they really drop? I mean, we’re talking worms here.)

Scotts, now the manufacturer of the Miracle-Gro line of fertilizer products — they acquired it in 1995, subject to an FTC decree that they get rid of their old line — is now suing TerraCycle on two grounds. One of them seems a bit preposterous to me: the product packages, Scotts’ claim to the contrary, look nothing alike, and TerraCycle’s containers are almost infinitely variable anyway, inasmuch as they’re actually used beverage bottles. The other may be more serious: TerraCycle is claiming results equal to or better than synthetics like, well, Miracle-Gro, and Scotts won’t stand for that. (Complete complaint here: PDF, 177 pages.)

TerraCycle has set up to tell its side of the story, and sent out PR announcements to various newsies — including the Oklahoman’s Steve Lackmeyer, who put his copy out on the paper’s blog, to be found by the likes of me.

(Disclosure: Earlier this year I actually bought a different Scotts product. I was not particularly impressed.)

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    1 May 2007 · 5:00 pm

    About the only thing I can see that Scotts can hang even a shadow of a complaint about, is that TerraCycle includes the same “RAC” sequence as Miracle-Gro.

    I have no doubt some idiot judge somewhere would be willing to entertain the argument. Maybe the senile one on “Boston Legal.”

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