04/13/2012 04:40 pm ET

Michigan State Proposes 100-acre, $100-million Urban-farming Research Center In Detroit

Michigan State University has proposed building an urban-agriculture research center in the city of Detroit that over time could grow into a 100-acre campus and a $100-million investment.

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.

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