What is a food desert?

A food desert is defined as a “part 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.” With healthy food options out of the picture, folks who live within food deserts are then forced to look for food at fast food restaurants and small corner stores that do not necessarily have the fresh produce or healthy options that they need. This leads to a plethora of problems that not only include increased risks of diabetes and other related health conditions, but it hinders the economic growth of the community as well as job development. With all of these problems arising out of food deserts, it would beg someone to ask, just why do they exist? The answer to this question is a complex one that requires a critical look at systems of power that establish and maintain grocery stores.

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