Scarecrows Could Be Regulated?
Here is another regulatory freight train out of control.
Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) represents entrepreneur George Hahn, of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, who has been fined $100,000 by the Department of Pesticide Regulation(DPR). (The fine has been stayed pending the outcome of this litigation.)
Hahn invented and sells Worm Gold, an organic, non-toxic fertilizer made of worm feces (technically known as worm castings) to care for plants and protect them from insects.
What is his “offense” in the eyes of the DPR? He did not register this natural, non-toxic product as a “pesticide.”
“George Hahn is a victim of the outrageous abuse of regulatory power,” said PLF Principal Attorney Timothy Sandefur, who represents Hahn in the lawsuit. “California’s pesticide laws were intended to protect the public from poisonous chemicals, not to shut down an entrepreneur who’s offering a safe, organic alternative.”
Worms are a normal part of healthy soil, and their digestive system helps break down soil nutrients in a way that improves plant health. Better still, worm castings help plants resist infestation by insects. They are not poisonous to insects or other pests, but work by boosting a plant’s natural immune system.