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From MSU Today on News/Talk 760 WJR: Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with Michael Hamm – the C. S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at MSU and head of the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU.
They discuss the state and future of urban agriculture initiatives in Detroit and Michigan. Hamm says transforming vacant lots into urban farms and community gardens could supply Detroit residents with the majority of their fruits and vegetables. And he says MSU is at the forefront of the urban agriculture movement.
“We’re in the middle of the Midwest, we have the second most diverse agriculture in the country, and we’re near the population centers of Detroit and Chicago,” says Hamm. “So this is the place to be to focus on all the things that can be done to build sustainable food systems in a way that make sense and really enables a future for Michigan.