Stateside: From “sewage sludge” to fertilizer; UM’s fall plans; farm trains formerly incarcera

Aug 4, 2020

Today on Stateside, what a primary election looks like in the midst of a pandemic. Also, a deep dive into how leftover human feces and other waste from water treatment plants ends up on our farm fields. Plus, what back to school might look like for the University of Michigan. 

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Primary election presents unique challenges for poll workers

  • John Lindstrom is a retired journalist and former publisher of Gongwer News Service. 

What’s in your fertilizer? It could be human feces and industrial waste, says Metro Times report.

  • Tom Perkins is a freelance reporter who recently wrote about the use of biosolids as fertilizer for the Detroit Metro Times.

Day by day, picture shifts precariously for higher ed’s return to class

  • Elizabeth Birr Moje is the Dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Education.

Growing food changed his life. Now, he’s teaching other formerly incarcerated folks to farm.

  • Melvin Parson is the founder and executive director of We the People Opportunity Farm in Ypsilanti Township.
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