Food Deserts

2346 Words May 2nd, 2013 10 Pages
Tanjin Minar CWP 102 4/14/13 Brad Romans Food Deserts There is growing trend of cities across the United States that do not have access to food such as places in Buffalo, Baltimore, or Detroit. According to the USDA, a food desert is to qualify as a “low-access community,” at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract's population must reside more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store (for rural census tracts, the distance is more than 10 miles). You can even look up a food desert locater on the USDA website and it will provide you areas where it is hard to buy broccoli or carrots in red marked areas. Going to the …show more content…
They talk about how the children eat more sugary foods and how vending machines supply more snacks that are unhealthy. He also discusses how obesity has become a nation wide issue among children as well. Many empirical studies done of the mapping of local grocery stores in areas of lower income opposed to areas of higher income. For example, this article shows a map of places of organic supermarkets and the proximity towards certain areas in Buffalo such as North Buffalo, the East side or even the South. Coop farming techniques, more local stores which, supply foods of higher quality. The first lady has sought to find a solution to the issue of food desserts. She tries to explore ways how to combat this problem through suggesting solutions such as getting communities together to bring healthier food in areas that are of need. He campaign is called “Let move” and it is under the subjects or promoting a healthier initiative among this community in Philadelphia. This initiative is geared towards childhood obesity across the nation. She gives a sense of solidarity to the people when the first lady states, “You decided first that no family in this city should be spending a fortune on high-priced, low-quality foods because they have no other options. You decided that no child should be consigned to a life of poor health because of what neighborhood his or her family lives in. And you decided that you