14 Mar '12, 1pm

Rural Food Deserts: Among those working to improve access to healthy food for underserved communities, the term

Rural Food Deserts: Among those working to improve access to healthy food for underserved communities, the term

Among those working to improve access to healthy food for underserved communities, the term “food desert” is frequently used to describe urban areas without grocery stores or other sources of nutritious, whole foods. Food insecurity is a significant problem in these areas. Residents often resort to purchasing groceries from corner stores or liquor stores, where the options are largely processed and contain harmful, artificial ingredients and are in corn syrup, saturated fat, and salt. The health gap between those in underserved, urban communities and those living in wealthier suburbs is largely the result of urban food insecurity, as well as a lack of affordable healthcare for those in low-income communities. However, a form of food desert often exists in small, rural towns as well. This is a problem that is often overlooked in conversations about food access and food just...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/rural-food-deserts.html

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