HERB - WILDPLACES: DON'T BUY PEAT THIS EASTER
kingstaste at mindspring.com
Tue Apr 17 08:13:41 PDT 2001
While I am sympathetic to the problem, I don't see how the use of peat moss
in gardening can be a significant drop in the bucket compared to the burning
of peat in fireplaces all over Ireland, which has been done for thousands of
years, is still the major form of fuel, and does not provide any renewable
source (such as composting a garden). Is there a movement afoot to stop
this practice as well?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-herbalist at ansteorra.org
> [mailto:owner-herbalist at ansteorra.org]On Behalf Of Rachel Holliday
> Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2001 3:02 AM
> To: herbalist at ansteorra.org
> Subject: HERB - WILDPLACES: DON'T BUY PEAT THIS EASTER
> I got this through over the Easter weekend and thought that it should be
> past on. Please forward it on to any other lists you are on so that this
> information is spread quickly and that the fragile ecosystems can stop
> being destroyed for profit.
> ----- Forwarded by Rachel Holliday/UK/xynet on 17/04/01 07:53 -----
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> 12/04/01 18:34 Subject:
> WILDPLACES: DON'T BUY PEAT THIS EASTER
> FOE SAYS DON'T BUY PEAT THIS EASTER!
> AS B&Q REFUSES TO SELL 'MISLEADING' MIRACLE-GRO
> ACTION: TELL HOMEBASE TO STOP SELLING IT TOO!
> Don't buy 'misleading' Miracle-Gro compost this Easter - only purchase
> peat-free alternatives. That's the message Friends of the Earth is
> taking to gardeners this weekend, at DIY stores and garden centres
> across the country. The environment group is calling on retailers to
> follow the lead of B&Q which has stopped selling the product. FOE is
> also launching a spoof "Miracle-Gone" website (www.miracle-gone.co.uk)
> to provide information on the environmental damage caused by the
> Miracle-Gro compost contains peat stripped from some of the very best
> wildlife habitats in the UK and Ireland  - but there is no mention of
> its peat content anywhere on the label. FOE believes that this is a
> clear attempt by its makers ( Scotts Company) to mislead customers who
> don't want to buy peat. According to latest edition of BBC Gardeners
> World magazine, a massive 74% of gardeners would now support a peat ban.
> The UK's lowland raised peatbogs are amongst the most important and
> valuable wildlife habitats we have. They are home to many important
> species of birds, a wealth of unusual plants and thousands of rare
> insect species. Only a fragment of near-natural bog remains in the UK.
> Opposition to the destructive peat industry has hardened dramatically in
> the last couple of years. The National Trust, which operates 200 of the
> nation's finest gardens, will be completely peat-free by the end of the
> year and the prestigious new "Eden Project" was developed without using
> B&Q, which holds 30% of market share in its sector, recently stopped
> buying Miracle-Gro compost, citing "commercial reasons". But its bold
> decision directly followed briefings from Friends of the Earth on the
> environmental impact of the product.
> The Government is also moving in on the peat industry, albeit slowly.
> Last August the Government said it would designate the largest remaining
> lowland raised peatbogs as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) to stop
> the sties from being destroyed.
> But the US-based Scotts Company is doing everything possible to stop
> moves to protect our countryside. Eight months on from the Government's
> announcement, the destruction of peat sites continues. Scotts is also
> fighting the trend towards peat-free gardening with a massive £2m TV
> advertising campaign for Miracle-Gro compost, while hiding from
> customers the fact that the product contains peat.
> ACTION: Log onto FOE's spoof MIRACLE-GONE website
> (www.miracle-gone.co.uk) and send an email to the Chairman of Homebase.
> Ask him to follow B&Q's lead, and stop selling Miracle-Gro compost.
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