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EPA Food Desert Presentation

For friday july 15th

jessy reich

on 15 July 2011

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Transcript of EPA Food Desert Presentation

What is a food desert? A food desert is any area where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain.They can be found almost anywhere. People that live food deserts are forced to shop in local convenience stores that do not offer nutritious food. Food deserts occur not only in urban areas, but also in rural communities. Why are most food deserts commonly found in low income communities? Food deserts are commonly found in low income communities because grocery stores and supermarkets are scarce. Also, community farms are uncommon and there aren’t many transportation methods. What types of food are found in grocery stores? The types of foods that are found in grocery stores are common household foods such as fruits, vegetables, cereals, frozen foods, dairy products, breads, red meat, fish, and poultry. Those are just some of the options to choose from. The reason why food deserts exist... The reason food deserts exist is because its harder for grocers to make a profit in the lower income communities, or independent stores may have closed from competition or crime. What are the types of foods found in Convenience stores? Foods commonly found in Convienence stores are foods that are easily made and can be bought when convenient to the buyer. Hence the word "convenience".Typically junk food (sweets, ice-cream, soft drinks) are sold. But, prices in a convenience store are typically higher than at a supermarket. Food Deserts Bottom (from left to right): Jessica Reich, Briana McManus, Sam Lin, Madeline Reich, and Sanders Barnes Top (from left to right): Sindoos Awel,
Tejasv Arya, Kajal Patel, Matt August-
ine, Michael Denning, Samantha
Winterrowd, Shawn Behunin, and
Delaney Thibodeau Solution to the Problem The problem of food deserts has spread across the country in urban and rural areas alike. Fortunately, there are many solutions to this issue. Grocery stores can be built closer to the food desert communities so the residents of the community can access healthier food without having to go very far. To promote the growth of grocery stores in food desert areas, cities can offer incentives for people who want to open stores. Also, community gardens can be built so that fresh fruits and vegetables are accessible by all. Effects of Food deserts on communities Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancers are common effects of little access to healthy/fresh food If you compare the two maps just shown,the obesity rates are higher in the areas where there is no grocery stores for atleast a mile.
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