Is Your Community a Food Desert?

Posted by forgive4health@gmail.com on June 6, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Is Your Community a Food Desert?


 

When you think of deserts, you might think of barren places with extreme temperatures and little precipitation where plants and animal life is minimal. Food deserts are very similar in that there are few to no options for accessing fresh fruits and vegetables. They exist in impoverished areas where families and communities struggle to grow and develop healthy. Food deserts are common in areas with smaller populations, higher rates of abandoned or vacant homes and where residents with lower levels of education, lower incomes and higher rates of unemployment live.1 Sounds familiar? Sounds like predominantly Black neighborhoods? According to a 2014 study at Johns Hopkins University, food deserts are a disproportionate reality for Black communities. The study compares US census tracts of similar poverty levels and found that in urban areas, Black communities had the fewest supermarkets, white communities had the most, and multiracial communities fell in the middle of the supermarket count spectrum.1 If you live in a food desert, you can help raise awareness that your community is not a reflection of a healthy America and that many people with type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions are dying because of this healthy food disparity. Begin talking to local retailers about selling healthy vegan foods, and share ideas with local policy makers (city councilmembers, county commissioners and state legislators) so that food equity becomes a reality in your community.2

Yoko Allen


 

References:

1. The Annie E. Casey Foundation. February 13, 2021 Food Deserts in the United States. https://www.aecf.org

2. Food Empowerment Project. Food Deserts. https://foodispower.org/access-health/food-deserts/

 

 

 

 

 

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