The Unfortunate Reality of Food Deserts and How We Can Beat Them
According to a report done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, access to a supermarket or large grocery store is a problem for a small percentage of people, about 4.1 percent of the US population. These numbers seem particularly low but what the USDA does not take into account is food quality of these grocery stores in lower income areas.
Being from Louisiana, it is no secret that you’ll have a hard time finding a Whole Foods in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans or other similar socio-economic expanses. It is also no secret that the instance of high quality organic food is all but non-existent in low income areas. One can do a simple experiment to observe this setting. Walk into a grocery store of the same chain in two different socio-economic areas and see for yourself the difference in quality and quantity.