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Are Food Deserts to Blame for America's Poor Eating Habits?

When it comes to nutrition access, the focus should be on poverty, not grocery-store location.<p>It’s a plausible hypothesis: Poor people in the United States suffer from measurably worse nutrition because they have such limited access to good food. Confronted with a high concentration of poor diet …

Urban Agriculture

Grocery chains leave food deserts barren, AP analysis finds

As part of Michelle Obama's healthy eating initiative, a group of major food retailers promised in 2011 to open or expand 1,500 grocery or convenience stores in and around neighborhoods with no supermarkets by 2016. By their own count, they're far short.<p>Moreover, an analysis of federal food stamp …


Bus-Stop Farmers' Markets Bring Fresh Produce to Food Deserts

Four cities—Atlanta, Dayton, Louisville and Tampa—are launching shopping hubs at major transit thoroughfares.<p>Chances are, if you're reading this, …

Urban Agriculture

Walmart store closures are leaving ‘food deserts’ in small town America

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is shutting down 150 of its stores throughout the country this week with very little warning, leaving many to wonder what life after Walmart will be like for former employees and those who came to reply on the store as a place to shop, and creating “food …


Wal-Mart's shutdown creates new food deserts

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Wal-Mart's decision to shutter 154 stores across the country means that, starting Thursday, residents without cars in a neighborhood near a historically black college outside Birmingham, Alabama, will have to cross dangerous roadways on foot to get fresh produce and meat. …


Fight the food desert at your local bus stop

Farmers' markets and pop-up stands at transit stops offer access to healthy food.<p>Food deserts are a serious problem for a lot of people, particularly in poorer areas. The USDA defines a food desert as a geographic area with a scarcity of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthy foods. Normally, …