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January 17, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Biological Sciences #1167 | Map
5047 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Prospective Students, Staff

The Earth and Environmental Science Seminar Series presents:  "Fracking and Agri-Food Systems: Implications for Urban and Rural Planning" with Dr. Kami Pothukuchi, PhD, Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University.  Kami is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University. Her community-engaged research addresses questions related to urban agriculture, access to healthy foods within neighborhoods, and local food policy. In 2008, she founded SEED Wayne, a campus-community sustainable food systems collaborative. Starting 2017, SEED Wayne’s campus activities are led by the Office of Campus Sustainability, joined by WSU’s Center for Health and Community Progress in the management of the Wayne State Farmers Market (which will start back up in 2018). For more information, browse


Kami will discuss the impacts of hydro-fracturing on agri-food systems and actions communities may take to regulate the activity and mitigate impacts. Impacts reviewed relate to water, soil, land, wildlife, infrastructure, labor, and community services. Specifically, if and how fracking might affect efforts to develop sustainable, agro-ecologically oriented food systems, and whether such food systems can offer a viable economic alternative are also addressed. The presentation highlights planning and regulatory tools used by communities, discusses ongoing challenges, and raises questions for future research

The seminar is free and open to the public.  Reception and freshments to precede the seminar.

For more information about this event, please contact Shirley Papuga at 313-577-9436 or