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Japanese organic products maker turns cow urine into gold

Kankyo Daizen's fertilizer wins over farmers in Vietnam and Cambodia

Urine from cows on the Japanese island of Hokkaido is being used to produce organic fertilizer and deodorizers.   © Kyodo

ASAHIKAWA, Japan -- An organic products company based in northern Japan hopes its environmentally friendly fertilizer made from cow urine will catch on with farmers in Southeast Asia.

The liquid fertilizer, Tsuchi Ikikaeru -- or "soil comes back to life" -- is sold in five countries including Vietnam and Cambodia. Farmland in much of Southeast Asia faces degradation and declining fertility, the result of longtime overuse of agrochemicals.

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