January 2013

January 14th, 2013

From Pioneer Press:

"Guess who is fertilizing the food you eat?

You are.

Every time someone flushes a toilet in the Twin Cities, chances are the contents will end up on a farmer's field. In that way, the sewage system operated by the Metropolitan Council performs the ultimate in green alchemy -- transforming poop to payola.

"I don't use the word 'waste.' Nothing is a waste," said Harry Dessner, a southeastern Minnesota farmer who sells the human-based fertilizer. "We want to reuse and renew."

A new version of the fertilizer, called MinneGrow 5-4-0, just ended its first season of production at a plant in Shakopee. In Dakota County, a similar product -- a kind of processed human manure -- is growing more popular. "

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