The urban-rural divide is more pronounced than ever. The 'last acceptable prejudice' - that against rural people and places - is not only real, it is destructive.
As in our politics, the debates around food and sustainability are increasingly polarised. Conventional agriculture is pitted against organic agriculture, vegans face-off against carnivores, urban city-dwellers clash with countrymen and women. How do we bridge these divides?
In this episode, we talk to Ash Bruxvoort about their story growing up as the daughter of a conventional farmer and a sustainable agriculture advocate.
Ash Bruxvoort is a writer and program coordinator at Women, Food and Agriculture Network. They grew up on a family farm outside of Des Moines, Iowa, where their father produces corn and soybeans. Their writing and work focuses on empowering women and gender non-conforming people to tell their stories about the urban-rural divide.
- How the urban-rural divide shapes how we see politics and debates around sustainable agriculture
- Ash’s take, as a daughter of a conventional farmer, on sustainable agriculture
- How we address ‘the last acceptable prejudice’ : the prejudice against rural places and people (Wendell Berry)
- Ash's Civil Eats article - 'I am the Daughter of a Conventional Farmer - and a Sustainable Ag advocate'
- Women, Food and Agriculture Network
- Wendell Berry: The Unsettling of America
- Letters to a Young Farmer – Stone Barns Cener for Food and Agriculture
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