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It's Easy—But Wrong—to Blame Supermarkets for Food Deserts

Lack of access to grocery stores is just part of why low-income Americans tend to have less healthy diets.<p>A new analysis by the Associated Press finds that food retailers are not opening many new stores in underserved areas. “Major grocers,” the AP finds, “overwhelmingly avoid America’s food …

Here's How The U.S. Could Get Grocery Chains To Open Stores In Food Deserts

Food deserts—neighborhoods the USDA defines as low-income and lacking sufficient access to fresh food—are pretty common in America: at least 23.5 million people live in one. A consumer base of 23.5 million hungry people seems like a pretty captive audience for a hyper-successful supermarket chain …

Agriculture

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

A reader argues that the question “is a lot deeper than just food deserts and availability of food”:<p>Marc Ambinder’s May 2010 cover storyPeople need to know the basics of nutrition. A friend of mine did nutrition classes on a pro-bono basis for inner-city folks and most of them didn’t even know you …

Food Deserts Aren’t The Only Thing Keeping People From Eating Healthy Food

Building supermarkets is a first step, but not the only step. Just having access to healthy food doesn’t do much to make people eat better.<p>“Our goal is ambitious. It’s to eliminate food deserts in America completely in seven years.” So said Michelle Obama in 2010, arguing that one of the reasons …

Agriculture

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 …

The Instagrams of Food Deserts

Social-media photos can be a rich source of information about the diets of people who don’t have access to grocery stores.<p>Food deserts, or places where people have limited access to fresh food, are usually measured by the distance people have to travel to get to a large grocery store. What’s harder …

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 …

Walmart

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, …

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, …