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TED Talk in Vancouver, BC: Devita Davison speaks about urban agriculture in Detroit

She spoke at TED2017, April 26, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

The abundance of vacant and abandoned lots in the city provide perfect plots of land for urban micro-farms — over 1,500 of them!

Ted Talk 2017

Detroit sees the future. Once a booming Midwestern city and industrial giant, Detroit, Michigan, is now synonymous with decline. But where others see poverty, unemployment, obesity and blight, Devita Davison sees opportunity. In this inspiring talk, the fearless farmer explains how features of Detroit’s decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. For instance, the abundance of vacant and abandoned lots in the city provide perfect plots of land for urban micro-farms — over 1,500 of them!

“And these aren’t just plots of land where we grow potato and carrots,” says Davison. “We’re building social cohesion on top of healthy food.” To date, Davison’s FoodLab and other community organizations have transformed their city through radical initiatives that, as Davison explains, might have been impossible anywhere else — which is why she suspects that the most important urban innovations won’t come from places like Portland or New York but from Detroit.

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