Food deserts are real and dangerous. They cause a thirst in their surrounding community for healthy options and alternative foods that aren’t processed and packed with harmful chemicals. A food desert signifies a community that doesn’t have the resources or options for healthy foods and nutritious choices. They may be numerous fast food restaurant and corner stores but nothing with a strong healthy stance. There are a couple of ways a city/urban space can benefit from reducing food desert size and even frequency.
The best course of action would be to identify the biggest food deserts and look at the population type and size. A food desert starves children, adults and the elderly from necessary vitamins needed to stay healthy and to grow. A study was conducted that looked into how food deserts effect the body mass index of elementary school children. The study found that children in food deserts and low-income neighborhoods have a higher risk of obesity then those just in low income neighborhoods. A food desert not only helps the health of the population in an urban area but also promotes a healthy economy in the area. It provides more money flow and even an oppurtunity for businesses to engage in sustainable practices. Food deserts are also “Food shortages”. The less healthy foo also just means less food in an area, and with less healthy food people are more inclined to get the fast-food that is a block away as opposed to the fresh market a bus ride away. A study done in Britain showed that people had deficiencies in health and nutrition because fresh produces was over priced and limited in the corner stores that actually carried the produce. Food deserts are draining the population’s health and options to move forward economically and towards sustainability.
Thomsen, M. R., Nayga, Rodolfo M., Jr, Alviola, Pedro A., IV, & Rouse, H. L. (2016). The effect of food deserts on the body mass index of elementary schoolchildren. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 98(1), 1. Retrieved from http://proxy.cc.uic.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com.proxy.cc.uic.edu/docview/1757044483?accountid=14552
Elliott, V. (1997, Nov 05). ‘Food deserts’ threaten health of poor and old. The Times Retrieved from http://proxy.cc.uic.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com.proxy.cc.uic.edu/docview/317882349?accountid=14552