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Michigan State proposes 100-acre, $100-million urban-farming research center in Detroit

Rick Foster director of the Greening Michigan Institute.

MSU has been scouting areas on Detroit’s lowest east side for potential sites

By John Gallagher
Free Press Business
April 13, 2012


The goal, said Rick Foster, director of MSU’s Greening Michigan Institute, is to make Detroit the center of a worldwide research effort devoted to growing food inside cities as a way to get fresh food to urban residents and to put vacant urban land back into productive use.

Research efforts would include “vertical agriculture,” in which food is grown inside multi-story buildings, and innovative ways to produce energy and conserve water in food production.

If implemented, Detroit would become the key research city in a network that includes Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Nairobi and others.

Detroit “could be the research and innovation engine” for urban agriculture around the world, Foster said this month. The other cities “look at Detroit as the place where many of the answers will come from.”

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