Alternative Food Systems discussions rarely occur in Corporate Controlled Land Grant Universities

Written on:August 29, 2013
 
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In my experience in talking with students and groups of people outside the university is it that they are very eager to have meaningful give and take discussions on alternative food systems … that discussion rarely occurs in a Land Grant University setting. The Land Grant system was created 151 years ago intended for teaching, research and outreach and service for the middle class, for common people for working class … it had public interest orientation and was enormously successful in the early days … but things have changed and the system has gone from outward looking to inward looking … it’s no longer about you it is about me … so any effort to have meaningful discussions about alternative food systems will not in general come from the Land Grant System i’s going to come from people and groups like you” Bob Taylor, Alfa Eminent Scholar and Professor at Auburn University


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