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Grown in Detroit

An initiative already blossoming in Detroit - reclaiming some of the abandoned land for community gardens.

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This incredible, truely grass-roots movement already taking place in Detroit takes advantage of quite a rare opportunity (accessible urban real estate) to promote local produce, a sense of community and good heath. What started as a garden in an abandoned adjacent lot has caught the attention and support of not only the wider community, but local municipalities, global NGOs, and the US government.

Problem is, as the scale of these projects grow beyond a few plants in a carpark, serious questions of civil engineering are raised. If this idea is as good as it looks, how do we get around the many potential pitfalls of inner-city farming?

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I don't have answers to the civil engineering challenges, but I would like to see farming really scale in an urban setting and perhaps evolve into a revitalization process for cities around the world. In places like the US, urban farms can provide organic and localvore foods that many urbanites and chefs are willing to pay premium prices for. In other countries with weaker infrastructures, bringing food production closer to larger populations struggling with hunger seems only logical. Many hurdles, for sure, but seems like positive use of cheap land and a way to sustain a community and create jobs with an entirely new indsutry. I wonder would it eventually attract the packaged food industry? If they can make sauce from the tomatos grown next door and reduce supply chain costs, would that facilitate a cycle of larger growth for a city?

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