Cleveland could achieve food self-reliance & keep $115mil in the city by utilizing 78% of vacant
"The study concludes that if 78 percent of available vacant land, 7.2 percent of every occupied residential parcel, and industrial or commercial rooftops were utilized, Cleveland could provide 46-100 percent of produce, 94 percent of poultry and eggs, and 100 percent of honey. This assumes preservation of produce for winter months and six chickens per city parcel as stipulated by the city's zoning legislation. The authors also estimate that 'enhanced food self-reliance would result in $29 million to $115 million being retained in Cleveland." -Masi, Bard, Fiskio, Janet, and Shammin, Md Rumi. "Urban Agriculture in Rust Belt Cities". Solutions. January-February 2014, Volume 5, Issue 1.
original source: Rokakis, J, Thriving Communities Institute. Interview, February 8, 2013.