In my personal opinion, one of the most important things to invest in, invest time, money, effort, and everything in between, is in education. Without education the cycles of poverty cannot be broken because the causes are still there. With education, people are empowered to think for themselves and find their own ways out of the troubles they are going through. This in turn allows them to pass the knowledge to their kids and thus break out of the constant cycles of poverty that people find themselves trapped in. When looking at Detroit as whole, I believe that this lack of investment in education was a large factor of the downfall of the auto industry. Many auto manufacturers didn’t put the proper investment into technology and allowed East Asian companies to push ahead. With education, and investment in education, it allows entire societies to stay on the cutting edge of technology. While there were educated individuals in and around Detroit, the mentality, in my opinion, was too focused on return-on-investment rather than the future. Detroit Food Academy isn’t looking at return-on-investment, it is looking at building the pathways to create a better future, and is doing so by investing itself in education and empowering individuals. It is this mentality, one of sustainability and looking into the future, that is the most important thing my project helps to bring to Detroit Food Academy, and to Detroit as a whole.