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Real organic farming? Sewage being used to fertilize food chain

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More Minnesota farmers are turning to fertilizers made from human waste provided by the Metropolitan Council, the Pioneer Press reports. "I don't use the word 'waste.' Nothing is a waste," Harry Dessner, a southeastern Minnesota farmer who sells the human-based fertilizer, told the newspaper. "We want to reuse and renew."

Plants in Shakopee and southern Dakota County are among those transforming sewage into cheaper fertilizers. "We are very proud of what we do," Carl Swaggert, who manages the MinneGrow plant, told the Pioneer Press. "It's a great story about recycling something that used to be a detriment, and it is now a positive."

Demand for the human-based fertilizer is growing. Output at Met Council's Empire Plant in Dakota County has increased 60 percent over the past decade to about nine tons per day.

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