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Dr Sarah Taber @SarahTaber_bww
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This. Things were so rough during grad school that I got dangerously underweight... while studying agriculture.
It led to some bizarre situations. Most of my studies were on mainstream ag-type stuff, but I got as much training on sustainable ag as I could.

In contrast to rest of ag school, these courses were full of well-groomed children of the upper middle class.
The rest of the ag school was mostly good ol' boys and/or immigrants doing really high-end epidemiological modeling for predicting & averting crop disease epidemics.

Aaaand then there was the sustainable ag program. That major was like flypaper for rich white kids.
There was this one top-shelf rich kid who carried her books around in a cute canvas tote bag that said

"WHEN I HAVE A LITTLE MONEY, I BUY BOOKS. AND WITH WHAT IS LEFT OVER, I BUY FOOD. -ERASMUS"

me:
For context, at this time I was working 20hrs/wk in a lab, plus doing a full-time course load, while nursing an infant.

Financially and logistically, there was no way for my body to keep up with the demands of school & parenting while broke.
I lost over a quarter of my bodyweight. Ribs were sticking out. I had to go home early from a training one time bc of too much chest pain from running around nonstop. My hair was falling out and I suddenly had a mouth full of cavities despite never having had one in my life.
For a lot of us, that's the unfortunate reality of what we have to do to build a life for ourselves. I came from a background where I was a lot more supported than many folks, and it was still that rough.
And yet the kids going into "sustainable ag" were almost entirely from v privileged backgrounds.

They thought it was super to spend too much time & money on crap at the farmers market (our local FM was ... not great). They thought tote bags bragging about poverty were cute?
The whole vibe was very much a bohemian, well-heeled, poverty-as-a-performance situation. Aaaalmost trustafarian but too clean-cut for that.

(I really hope all of this was just a UF thing, but given how the sustainable food movement works, I doubt it.)
Accessibility was the LAST thing on their minds. As far as they were concerned, restricted access to good food was awesome, because busting your ass to get Inaccessible Good Food was how you proved yourself as a human being.
It's hardly these kids' fault their parents are rich.

But as someone who spent formative young adult years watching these kids play at starving, while I was *actually starving*? We should be very, very concerned that they're the ppl being positioned to renovate the food system.
Anyway, if anybody's ever wondered why I'm so aggressively over the bougie shit that sustainable ag people are supposed to like, here it is.
Something about losing 45+lbs & lots of teeth while bougies-in-training swan about with aspirational poverty mottoes on their tote bags will do that to a bitch.

@mckellogs I feel like this may be relevant to your interests
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