Food Desert or Fast food

Food deserts is defined as an area without access to a grocery store where fresh food is sold and it has to be within walking distance. These are common and seen in many parts of the city of Chicago. Usually found in lower income neighborhoods and typically those with minorities. The small neighborhood of Englewood is a great example of a neighborhood that lacked a grocery store so that residents could purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, and meats. A “Whole Foods” was added shortly after Rahm Emanuel was put into office. It now serves the community  members as well as provided a job opportunity to many. Providing fresh markets into neighborhoods that are considered food deserts has both its pros and cons. One thing it does is it allows for people to choose healthier food options which may have a positive effect on the overall health of the population. Furthermore, it also provides job opportunities for those in the neighborhood. Some negative effects of eliminating food deserts is that these grocery stores that are added into the neighborhood may be too expensive for some people and in other words may cause some people to leave their neighborhood. Furthermore, if the grocery store that is added does not fit into the budget of the people it will only encourage them to purchase cheap unhealthy food. Something the government can do is instead of adding an expensive grocery store that may not even benefit the community as a whole is to use empty and unoccupied space around the neighborhood and change it into a community garden that allows people to obtain fresh and healthy food. It would be a great way to eliminate food deserts and to gather people to work in their community. Community gardens may also be more financially reasonable to other people.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-food-deserts-met-0928-20160927-story.html

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/urban_agriculturefaq.html

http://americannutritionassociation.org/newsletter/usda-defines-food-deserts

 

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6 thoughts on “Food Desert or Fast food

  1. I agree that generating community gardens can be a way to alleviate these “food desert” areas. Not only can this improve the quality of food and lower the price for food in these communities, but it also stimulates community involvement. More community involvement could also improve the quality of life in these neighborhoods.

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  2. Community gardens are a great way for to provide a safe, social environment for neighborhood residents, while at the same time providing them with affordable fresh foods. Although adding a grocery store to Englewood would help alleviate the existing food desert issue, I believe that it should have been a more cost-efficient supermarket than Whole Foods.

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  3. The implementation of community garden a great idea. This will help facilitate lower pricing on food and also bring the community together. But it is also important to know that the food from a community garden can’t sustain the entire commnities, plantation of healthy grocery stores is needed in communities like this so as the people can get varieties of foods and not just limited to a specific one. I believe both have to be implemented in order to eliminate this food dessert because it has some health consequences for the people in this communities/neighborhood

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  4. Community gardens are a great way to engage residents and I think its very important for people to understand that. There was recently news about the city pushing for programs to plant trees and fix parks, but they ended up on using the money that would’ve been spent on those programs for more violence prevention. Although they didn’t mention community gardens, its definitely within the topic of sustainability and it can still provide jobs, engage the residents in something positive, and slowly eliminate food deserts.

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  5. The idea of engagement of a community garden is an important aspect because it will bring a community closer. Creating more ideas and having the community wanting to help other people around the community. Creating added engagement of the community by adding a community garden would help push for more ideas of better health. This would help the health of the community and ultimately help it grow. Food deserts are a problem and ideas of providing areas like this would be beneficial in many communities because the ease of accessibility is a common problem.

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  6. This is an interesting post, however it might be beneficial and you may be able to gain some deeper insights if you view food deserts in areas through the lens of systematic government policies etc. and advocate against food deserts and for social sustainability through policies in addition to garden proposals

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