Bird Seed Poisons Wild Birds
Photo: Ali Taylor
Author: David Biello
Date: September 16, 2012

Birds face many man-made mortal threats: windows, cats, habitat destruction, even climate change. And now, there’s poison—in their bird seed.

You see the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company had been in the habit of applying banned pesticides to its wild bird food products. In particular, the company applied a chemical known as Storcide II to its bird food despite a warning label for that product that reads “Storcide II is extremely toxic to fish and toxic to birds and other wildlife.”

Why add a compound toxic to birds to food meant to be eaten by birds? Because Scott didn’t want bugs infesting its bird food during storage.

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