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

A wastewater treatment facility
A wastewater treatment facility. When waste water is treated, it leaves behind biosolids. These solids, which include human feces and industrial waste, are sometimes turned into fertilizer for both commercial growers and home gardeners.

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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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Primary election presents unique challenges for poll workers

Stateside’s conversation with John Lindstrom

  • 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.

Stateside’s conversation with Tom Perkins

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

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

Stateside’s conversation with Elizabeth Birr Moje

  • 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.

Stateside’s conversation with Melvin Parson

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