Finding Fruit in the Desert


Many urban and rural areas have become “food deserts”, or places where there are no supermarkets and grocery stores. Food deserts leave people with few options other than shopping at convenience stores for food. Well you’re lucky if you can finding a banana selling for $1.00 at most of these places and it is mostly cookies, candy, and canned goods a high prices. Public health officials have finally caught on to this (it does little good to tell a person how to eat right if they don’t have access to the food in the first place) and store owners in Cleveland, New York, Louisville and elsewhere are being approached by public health organizations and economic development agencies with offers of new equipment, marketing expertise or neighborhood promotions to encourage them to stock more fresh produce, whole wheat bread and other healthy offerings. The NY Times has more on this. Makes me feel pretty hopeful that we can turn things around.

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