MSUToday
Published: July 10, 2012

Detroit MetroFoodPlus stakeholders to begin planning

Contact(s): Mark Fellows Media Communications office: (517) 884-0166 Mark.Fellows@cabs.msu.edu, Rick Foster MetroFoodPlus office: (517) 884-2009 foste161@msu.edu

A group of community stakeholders this week begins work to plan an urban food systems innovation cluster in Detroit, following up a recent memorandum of understanding approved by the city of Detroit and Michigan State University.

Mayor Dave Bing and MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon June 27 signed an agreement to collaborate on development of the MetroFoodPlus Innovation Cluster @ Detroit, a program intended to improve nutritious food access and economic opportunities to local residents while positioning the city as a world research center for urban food production.

Participating in development of the initiative’s initial action plan will be representatives of more than two dozen Detroit community organizations focused on food and the environment, neighborhood development and education. The workshop runs Wednesday and Thursday at the MSU Tollgate Education Conference Center in Novi.

For more information about the MetroFoodPlus initiative, read the original news release. To hear a podcast interview with MetroFoodPlus co-director Rick Foster, listen to Greening of the Great Lakes.

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Rick Foster, professor of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies, discusses the MetroFoodPlus Innovation Cluster project.

Rick Foster, professor of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies, discusses the MetroFoodPlus Innovation Cluster project.

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