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Scotts Miracle-Gro Marijuana Industry Takeover

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bbm-07-08-2016-resized.jpgScotts Miracle-Gro to spend half a billion dollars to get into the marijuana growing industry.


Scotts Miracle-Gro Marijuana Dynasty: Bought General Hydroponics… Now Wants to Buy Marijuana Industry

By Steve Davis

The unthinkable has happened. Corporate criminal Scotts Miracle-Gro, allied with drug warriors and Monsanto, led by a 1% elite multi-millionaire who has hundreds of millions of dollars to burn, just proclaimed its intent to take over the marijuana growing and equipment industries.
 
As I heard that troubling news, I remembered when Advanced Nutrients founder Michael Straumietis told me years ago we’d likely see GMO, pesticide, herbicide, and chemical companies like Monsanto and Scotts Miracle-Gro try to take over the marijuana industry.
 
“The people who built the marijuana industry and convinced the world marijuana is good medicine and the world’s most valuable plant are home growers, companies like Advanced Nutrients, seed breeders, cannabis retailers, hydroponics stores, and activists,” Straumietis explained. “We did years of hard work, putting ourselves at great risk battling the war against marijuana. We can’t let corporate raiders come in to steal our achievements away from us.”
 
Straumietis noted that Monsanto and Scotts Miracle-Gro are convicted corporate criminals with a long history of abuses that harm people, animals, and the environment.
 
Monsanto and Scotts Miracle-Gro are longtime business partners.
They’re allies of the US military and drug war, producing deadly poisons sprayed by American drug warriors on people, animals, coca and marijuana plants, and forests in foreign countries such as Colombia.
Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Jim Hagedorn was a fighter pilot in the US military who describes the lawn and gardening products industry is a “battlefield” he wants to go to war in so he can “dominate.”
 
Read articles here and here that give you more details about the sordid history of Scotts and Monsanto.
 
Straumietis correctly predicted that Maximum Yield Magazine, General Hydroponics, and other collaborators would facilitate entry of these corporate giants into the hydroponics marketplace.
 
And he warned the hydroponics retail industry that these corporate giants will work to destroy local hydroponics stores by undercutting them and selling hydroponics products via corporate retailers such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart.
 
In 2014, Straumietis told us he was hearing insider information that General Hydroponics was going to be taken over by a front company for Scotts Miracle-Gro called the Hawthorne Group.
 
And sure enough, that’s exactly what happened– in 2015, General Hydroponics sold out to a Scotts Miracle-Gro front company called the Hawthorne Group!
 
During the takeover, General Hydroponics founder Larry Brooke admitted publicly his company had never done any specific research to make fertilizers that work well for marijuana, and that he wanted no part of the marijuana growing world.
 
Thousands of marijuana growers stopped using General Hydroponics after hearing about Brooke’s betrayal, and realizing that GH hydroponics nutrients were never meant for cannabis.
 
Now in 2016, we see Jim Hagedorn, the CEO of Scotts Miracle-Gro, publicly stating he’s planning a Scotts Miracle-Gro marijuana takeover by investing FIVE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS (yes, half a billion dollars) to take over the marijuana nutrients, equipment, and hydroponics retailing industries.
Hagedorn indicates his Scotts Miracle-Gro marijuana industry takeover will use the Big Ag corporate approach that he’s always used.
 
This consists of utilizing GMOs, poisons, and other harmful materials in polluted fertilizers and soils that he claims will be directed at the marijuana growing marketplace.
 
The Scotts Miracle-Gro marijuana industry invasion will feature harsh, cut-rate fertilizers, chemical-laden soil, and environmental poisons sold in “big box” discount stores.
 
The Scotts Miracle-Gro marijuana invasion includes all the worst aspects of globalization and bad trade deals like NAFTA and TPP.
 
The Monsanto/Scotts approach is typified by mega-corporate control, and will lead to manufacture of cheap, poorly-made grow lights, hydroponics systems, soil, grow media, light stands, deep water culture, aeroponics, and other marijuana-specific growing supplies.
 
Scotts Miracle-Gro just spent $120 million for a 75% stake in Gavita, giving it controlling interest in the Dutch hydroponics lighting giant that controls much of the double-ended HID bulb and ballast lighting industry.
And because Scotts Miracle-Gro has a close business affiliation with Monsanto, one of the world’s leading GMO corporations, many analysts suspect that Scotts and Monsanto will team up to create GMO marijuana strains and seeds.
 
Straumietis says insiders are telling him the Scotts Miracle-Gro marijuana hit squad is already trying to release a line of poorly-made hydroponics nutrients, but has found it hard to get hydroponics retailers to get into bed with.
 
(Read this article about the perils of using Scotts Miracle-Gro for marijuana growing)
 
The best way to fight back against this attempted corporate takeover of the marijuana industry is to boycott General Hydroponics, Gavita, Scotts Miracle-Gro and anyone who cooperates with those companies.
 
“Advanced Nutrients has done many years of proprietary international scientific, medical, and botanical marijuana research that Scotts Miracle-Gro will never understand or equal, so growers using our products always get more weight, cannabinoids, and growth rate than any other grower,” Straumietis says. “We built this industry, and its ours to defend and enjoy. Let’s stand together to defeat Scotts Miracle-Gro and its allies.”
 
Original article HERE at BigBuds Magazine

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Unsurprising.  The big dogs always push the smaller dogs off the porch.  Chemically fed GMOs comprise about 80% of the US' food supply.  Once Cannabis is being produced on factory farms,  I'll bet at least 80% of the Cannabis on the US market is GMO within a year.  Much of the public either doesn't know or doesn't care that they're eating GE food, so I doubt they would care if they're consuming GE weed.  

 

There will always be a niche for organic/ responsibly produced Cannabis, and I thank companies like Advanced Nutrients for filling the niche.

 

 

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This is a great article, I'm glad I took the time to read this. Me and My co-workers were talking about how when people first started using Miracle Grow on their plants the bud would smoke like pop rocks! Making the yeild not appealing at all.

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GE stuff shouldn't be allowed to spread uncontrollably, and it would be nice if corporate interests didn't have access to it (they can't be trusted to not err on the side of profit). Too bad that genie has been out of the bottle for too long to be put back in...

  • the knowledge has spread too far'n'wide and its potential is too great to ignore

...and...

  • we may actually need it if climate change messes with agriculture - it takes time for those kinds of changes to happen, productive land could be limited until things settle down again and GMO food may be a civilization saver.

 

It is on us to take steps to insulate the genetic diversity, or purity, from external factors. Clean room grows will be as close to perfect as we can get. I don't see that being necessary unless the GE bits are in pollen though.

 

I'm neither pro or anti GE/GMO, I am pro-science though... so let's fiddle and tinker so we can figure out how it all really works.

 

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GE is destroying farmland and lives all over the world where it has been used.  The herbicide, Roundup, has created frankenweeds that have rendered millions of acres of good farmland unusable as the weeds grow like trees now.  Much more of it must be used than ever before and because the weeds are tolerant of it now they are bring back Agent Orange.

GE isn't about feeding the planet, it's about profit and control of the world's food sources.  Most of the EU has banned it and Russia banned it long ago.  It is an epic fail.

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Sounds like nasty stuff that should never have been put out into the wild.

 

Of course GE/GMO is all about feeding the planet. However, since short sighted governments love selling citizens out to business interests instead of doing the work themselves we/planet get screwed over in the rush for profit. GE/GMO isn't bad in and of itself, it is giving control of it over to corporate interests that is a huge mistake.

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Welp all the more reason to buy my cheap organic solids. only couple of brands of bottles I use. none of which is from GH, won't use Gavita as I don't have the head space, and fuck the rest of the shit from the shit companies that they have. 

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On 1/3/2017 at 0:29 PM, LabRat said:

The herbicide, Roundup, has created frankenweeds that have rendered millions of acres of good farmland unusable as the weeds grow like trees now.

Roundup and Roundup Ready seeds come from the same co. ... what do you think they'll come up with for the frankenweeds?

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