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Food Insecurity and food accessibility are major problems not only in rural areas but also low-income urban areas throughout the United States. The term “food desert” or an area with limited or no access to healthy, affordable and nutritious food was coined during a U.K. Study into food accessibility for those in the lowest income neighborhoods which contained no major grocery store and had the lowest rate of car ownership. This problem has come across the pond and we’ve seen many major grocery retailers flee from cities and move to the more profitable suburbs, what’s worse is as grocery stores consolidate they leave many neighborhoods under served by convenience stores or fast food outlets. The prevalence of more processed, unhealthy convenience food coupled with the high cost and travel barriers for healthy, fresh food has the affect of plaguing these low-income neighborhoods with health crises like diabetes and obesity as well as food insecurity.
In a dissertation on food deserts and public planning Andrea Sparks who holds a Masters degree from the University of Oregon in Public…
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