13 May '11, 3pm

USDA Releases Food Desert Locator

USDA Releases Food Desert Locator

as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers. This has become a big problem because while food deserts are often short on whole food providers, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, instead, they are heavy on local quickie marts that provide a wealth of processed, sugar, and fat laden foods that are known contributors to our nation’s obesity epidemic . The food desert problem has in fact become such an issue that the USDA has outlined a map of our nation’s food deserts, which I saw on Mother Nature Network . The Food Desert Locator is a part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative to end childhood obesity. According to the USDA : Part of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, the proposed Heal...

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