OCEANGRO is an Ocean County, NJ product sold as fertilizer but made from sewage sludge. Hundreds of communities across the U.S. sell toxic sludge products that are typically renamed biosolids and sold or given away as "fertilizer" or "compost" (and often even labeled or marketed as "natural" or "organic"). OCEANGRO is sold in 50 lb bags or in bulk for golf courses and athletic fields. Marketers of OCEANGRO claim it is "organic fertilizer" and also advertise its smell as a potential advantage, as some people say the odor keeps deer away. OCEANGRO is sold the public at a number of garden and nursery stores in New Jersey.
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