Refreshing Food Deserts

Everyone deserves to have fresh food available and reasonably accessible to them! It is necessary in this day and age with all of the technology and resources we have to distribute food that fresh food accessible to everyone.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food desert’s “as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas.” We have too much fresh food in the world that goes to waste everyday when there are people suffering from obesity and malnourishment because they do not have access to such healthy and fresh food. There has been many different efforts especially recently to try and fix this problem by building and opening up new supermarkets with fresh produce in these food deserts. When first hearing about this I thought it was such a great idea and was proud that there are people out there who are actually doing something to make a change in these inner city and poor rural areas. I still believe that this is a great idea and it is helping but have now come to realize that there is more to it.

Even if we build one supermarket with fresh produce in the center of every food desert in the country, there will still be people who will not go because it is still to inconvenient for them. If there is a store 10 miles away that has fresh produce but their is a small market around the 2 miles away that has the necessities but no fresh produce, then most people would still go to the with no fresh produce because it is closer to them and more convenient. What needs to happen is for these small markets to gain access to selling this fresh produce so that people don’t have to change their whole lifestyle but can still get the nutritious filled fresh food they need.

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http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/02/10/273046077/takes-more-than-a-produce-aisle-to-refresh-a-food-desert

http://americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter/usda-defines-food-deserts

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One thought on “Refreshing Food Deserts”

  1. Great point about how people might still elect to purchase their food from the more conveniently located markets, regardless of the quality of the foods for sale. This was another key part of the video we watched in class that explored how teenagers in the LA area dealt with living in the food deserts. I agree with them, and you, that it’s hard to imagine someone walking any more than 1 or 2 miles with grocery bags in tow.

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