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You Better Be Sitting Down – TVs are Now Being Made in the USA!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Yes, that’s right. One company is bringing jobs back to Detroit and electronic manufacturing back to the US and seeing great results. Element Electronics has begun manufacturing a line of LED tvs in the Motor City, bringing hundreds of jobs to many former assembly line autoworkers in the depressed capital. The line, which comes packaged in a box emblazoned with the American flag, is sold out until the end of the year.

I’m sure you’re assuming these televisions are more expensive than those produced overseas, but you should be pleasantly surprised to know you’re wrong. Element executives say that even though labor costs are higher, lower tariffs and transportation costs help stateside tv production make economical sense. And as said previously, people don’t seem to be dismayed by the price tag at all.

With enough success, hopefully consumers can sway Element to bring all their production to Detroit – and persuade other companies to do so as well!

Watch the NBC News segment on Element and their Detroit factory:

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Sysco Goes Local in Michigan and Beyond

Monday, January 2nd, 2012


Sysco, the country’s largest food distributor has finally embraced the local foods movement and in a big way. The company is working with local farmers to build relationships where they have formerly not existed (food distribution generally involves just a fax and order form), with the goal of integrating their produce into Sysco’s bulk operations. Sounds like it would be much easier than it is, but in reality, it’s forcing Sysco to rethink its purchasing model (see the chart below). Sysco is having to look at this state by state and we definitely commend them for their efforts. If Sysco sees the importance of the buy local movement and is willing to make changes in their business model than other people (and corporations) are sure to take notice as well.

Click this link to the chart below to see Sysco is integrating local foods into their model:



CFSC Educates, Inspires through National Conferences and More

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

If you follow Locallectual’s postings and have yet to read about the Community Food Security Coalition, then now is the time to be made aware of this non-profitable light.  CFSC is a Portland-based organization with staff all over the country; it works to bring food security to the United States and Canada through action-oriented education.

In May of this year, the coalition partnered with the National Farm to School Network as well as the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute to host the 5th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Detroit.  This three-day extraordinaire consisted of workshops, short courses, and field trips interspersed with receptions, speeches, and other social networking events.  As my first CFSC conference, Taking Root was a success.  I tasted platefuls of Michigan grown goods at the Local Foods opening night event, met farm to cafeteria activists from across the two countries, and learned more than I could take in about the growing, farm to fork movement.

If the Community Food Security Coalition and its activities sound enticing enough to you to get involved, now is the time to look into its 14th annual conference, to be held this October in New Orleans.  With a title like “Food, Culture, & Justice: The Gumbo That Unites Us All,” you’re sure to eat and absorb your mouth- and heart-ful of solid, local food-based information.  Or, just sign-up to be a member of CFSC today.  In this movement, every body counts.


At the Local Foods Reception, attendees were served Michigan-centric dishes.

Whoever said Detroit was depressed needs to visit it once more.

From Ruin to Regrowth with Detroit’s Hantz Farms Project

Friday, February 26th, 2010

An image of Detroit as it stands today, ready for regrowth [courtesy of Fast Company].Have you heard of the Hantz Farms project?  If “not yet” is your answer, then let this notice be the first of many.  In a once-ruinous Detroit, a great period of growth is now emerging.  John Hantz, a native to Michigan, has given a healthy sum to the creation of this self-named project that plans to convert 5,000 acres of neglected land in the city.  From destitution will rise fields of organically grown crops and the basis for biofuel.  Though the fields themselves may be small (Hantz is going to be working with non-contiguous plots), his hopes—and what will come of them—are large enough to make a difference.


“Peaches and Greens” Brings Fresh Produce to Food Desert, Detroit

Saturday, September 12th, 2009
The name says it all

The name says it all

Peaches and Greens” is certainly a catchy name for any food-based business.  You can practically see those pieces of produce in front of you upon hearing it.  For Lisa Johanon, director of the stationary and movable grocery, that is exactly what she wants to have happen.  In the Detroit, Michigan area, Johanon has made it her mission to provide low-income residents with access to fresh foods by bringing those goods to them.  No more heading to the nearest 7-Eleven to purchase provisions for dinner; just head to this new market or hail down one of the grocery trucks and hand over food stamps, cash, credit card, what have you.  It’s literally that easy, which is exactly how it should be.

Terrific Resource for Northwest Michigan Locavores

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
Northwest Michigan Counties

Northwest Michigan Counties

Are you a resident of Michigan?  Then here’s a website for you: Taste the Local Difference: Select Northwest Michigan.  The premise of this resource is that it, “…promotes local farm foods, helps schools serve them, links new farmers to land and other resources, and supports food and farm business networks.”  The Michigan Land Use Institute is putting it all together.  Best of all, right from the site’s home page, you can search for farms, retail, wineries, or farmers markets that are local to the area.  Sounds like as comprehensive a look this little corner of the state as possible to me.