Isabel Benito, Brandon Wong, Nate Centeno
In the american nutrition association it states “Food deserts are defined 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.”
In the website called ‘Food is power.org” it shows us clear situations were food deserts affect people, such as “according to a report prepared for Congress by the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture, about 2.3 million people (or 2.2 percent of all US households) live more than one mile away from a supermarket and do not own a car. . In suburban and rural areas, public transportation is either very limited or unavailable, with supermarkets often many miles away from people’s homes.”
When speaking about social class and lower income communities, it is states that those are the communities that most suffer from food deserts, (where many people don’t have cars). In the food is power website, it alsos states that “Studies have found that wealthy districts have three times as many supermarkets as poor ones do.”
Food deserts have many other effects on communities. People with dietary restrictions such as lactose intolerance or gluten allergies find it very hard to find the foods appropriate for them to eat.
According to citylab.com, “There is a study that finds that more than half (55 percent) of all ZIP codes with a median income below $25,000 fit the definition of food deserts—that’s more than double the share of food-desert ZIP codes across the country as a whole (24 percent).”
Social movement :
Npr news: “Food Access Advocates Walk The Long Walk … To The Nearest Grocery Store”
In Npr, it states “Nearly 40 million Americans live in communities with these so-called grocery gaps, where it is easier for people to buy grape soda than a handful of grapes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Lauren Shweder Biel, executive director of the nonprofit DC Greens, which organized the event, says having so many residents involved demonstrates how strong the demand is for the healthful produce. She says she hopes that city officials — some of whom participated in the walk — retailers and the rest of the country would take notice.
“I think one of the most powerful impacts of an action like the Grocery Walk is that it silences the myth that poor people don’t want healthy food,” says Shweder Biel.”