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We know the health value of fruits and vegetables, but for people living in food deserts, areas where a significant number of citizens live more than 1 mile from a grocery store, those increased benefits also come with increased prices.
Because grocery shopping in a food desert puts a huge dent in your pocket and the link between high price tags and diseases like obesity creates a major health crisis for residents living in these communities. People in food deserts often opt for less nutritious food because the healthy option is too expensive, according to a 2012 study released last month by researchers at Michigan State University. Given the ability for resellers to manipulate market values, prices at food desert convenience stores are generally higher than their suburban counterparts. In Prince George’s County, Maryland, a declared food desert by the USDA, local officials and entrepreneurs fight the daily battle against the county’s severe food “drought”.
The number of designated food deserts in the United States is staggering, especially given our status as one of the wealthiest nations in the world.
Stay connected with Keep Food Affordable to find out what you can do to combat high food prices. The Geography Blog focusing on all things geography: human, physical, technical, space, news, and geopolitics. Written by a former National Geographic employee who also proudly served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If there are any geographers who have experience in food geography I would love to hear from you in either the comments forum or through a guest post. Nursing students Vanessa Levine (from left), Alicia Ottenweller and Julie Gasperec met with residents and researched the lack of grocery stores in South Shore. What started as a class project has ignited nursing student Vanessa Levine’s passion to bring about change in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. Levine and classmates Julie Gasperec and Alicia Ottenweller researched the lack of grocery stores in South Shore and met with residents to hear their stories.

Their class ended June 20, but they are continuing their work, making a push for change at City Hall. Students in the Graduate Entry Program — an accelerated nursing program for students who have degrees in other fields — participate in a community nursing rotation, creating a project to intervene in a Chicago community where there’s a health need, said Geraldine Gorman, coordinator of the Population Focused Nursing course. Levine, Gasperec and Ottenweller hosted a booth at the South Side YMCA June 13 to raise awareness of the food desert and promote healthy habits. Gasperec lives in South Shore but she has a car, so she drives to Hyde Park or a grocery store on the border of South Shore and Woodlawn to shop.
The nursing students asked residents to sign their petition asking Mayor Rahm Emanuel to advocate on behalf of South Shore. The community rotation helped Levine realize that she wants to be a nurse advocate when she finishes her program next year. Gorman hopes the community nursing rotation helps students learn about the impact they can have in the community.
Competitive market prices for in-demand items give food suppliers market power, especially in areas with fewer choices and few competitors. The county recently gave $50,000 dollars to fund an urban garden and other farming projects that would sell fresh produce on site. Our nation’s health is closely tied to keeping food prices low and promoting diet changes among communities with limited food access.
The idea is that given a combination of genetic, social and economic factors, health outcomes can be better or worse. Department of Agriculture has determined that a significant number or share of residents is more than a half-mile or a mile from the nearest supermarket in urban areas or more than 10 miles from the nearest supermarket in rural areas. All rights reserved (About Us).The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Oregon Live LLC.

A Dominick’s store closed at 71st Street and Jeffery Boulevard in December, leaving residents with few options other than their local convenience store or gas station. Those without their own transportation must take two buses to get to the nearest grocery store, Levine said. They are taking their petition to City Hall and working to schedule meetings with the mayor or other city officials. She was a scientist for a pharmaceutical company and research coordinator at the University of Chicago’s lymphoma department before joining UIC’s nursing program.
The suburbs of Richmond, Virginia have some of the highest concentrations of food deserts in an urban area.
Entrepreneur Baruch Ben-Yehudah, a local restaurant owner, drives his vegan food truck around local communities providing economically viable options to limited-access, low-income neighborhoods. Where I am, you can't go a block without a convenience store so taking it to county level would be more informative but you can only use what you have! One issue it found was that recent immigrants to this country had better health than the succeeding generations. Mapping might better focus on social and economic demographic elements in combination with lifestyle surveys.

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