According to RHI-Hub.com, Access to healthy and reasonable food can be a challenge for rural residents, unrelatedly of income level. Due to financial factors such as a low capacity of trades, many rural areas lack food shops and could be considered “food deserts.” Which are areas where there is limited availability of fresh, affordable foods. People who shop at rural communities may trust on less expensive and less nutritious options, such as those available at a gas station convenience store, than take a long drive to the grocery store that stocks fresh produce, milk, eggs, and other staples. In this paper I’m going to be talking about the effects of food deserts and how it effects peoples lives, how being in Rural cities such
Food deserts are becoming a growing issue not unique to the United States. In 2010, it was estimated that 23.5 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, lived in an urban or rural food desert (Let’s Move, 2015). A food desert can be defined as a geographical area where communities lack access to healthy, inexpensive food options. The limited access to an affordable healthy diet presents a major challenge to residents living in food deserts. Instead of people’s main source of food being from a supermarket, communities will rely on eating at restaurants, fast food chains and convenience stores as their main sources of nutrition. The phenomenon is more prevalent in low-income, racial and ethnic minority neighborhoods, as it were reported
Two factors that contribute to health disparities among ethnic groups is the lack of access to fresh food and the infrequency of health care coverage within ethnic groups. Within the poorer communities where the populations are those of ethnicity they may not have the same access to grocery stores as those non-ethnic groups residing outside of the lower income regions. By not having access to grocery stores they do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables and are forced to purchase foods that are processed since they have a longer shelf life. Processed foods in most cases are not as healthy as fresh foods and there is a tendency to purchase foods that are considered junk food or items that are unhealthy. These unhealthy food choices
I was born and raised in Ethiopia, a country in the east of Africa. Currently, I live in the United States of America. Growing up in a developing country, I witnessed health, environmental, and social problems endured by communities, and specifically that people were unevenly affected based on their literacy level and livelihood. For instance, many citizens lost their lives due to limited access to and expensive costs of medical care. Subsequently, I have noticed similar issues in the United States. Social issues such as high cost of medical expense, limited access to healthy and affordable food and people being marginalization based on their livelihood. These issues are caused by systematic problems that affect minorities within the countries.
In the world, there are one billion people undernourished and one and a half billion more people overweight. In this day and age, where food has become a means of profit rather than a means of keeping people thriving and healthy, Raj Patel took it upon himself to explore why our world has become the home of these two opposite extremes: the stuffed and the starved. He does so by travelling the world and investigating the mess that was created by the big men (corporate food companies) when they took power away from the little men (farmers and farm workers) in order to provide for everyone else (the consumers) as conveniently and profitably as possible. In his book Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, Patel reveals his findings and tries to reach out to people not just as readers, but also as consumers, in hopes of regaining control over the one thing that has brought us all down: the world food system.
In the economically unpredictable country, the United States of America, there is obvious signs of corporate exploitation of the middle and lower classes in terms of economic status. However, the last thing you would think of are these huge food corporations scheming a class-based geographical empire of fast food chains with a scarcity of supermarkets. Food deserts are urban and rural areas, mainly of the lower class, that have virtually no access to healthy food options. Leading to more obesity and other dietary related diseases, such as diabetes. There are about 23 million people that live in food deserts, and out of that 23 million, “[more] than half of those people (13.5 million) are low- income” (Agricultural Marketing).
He argues that subsidized land grants and communal gardening are solutions that would lift some out of poverty while also assisting in curbing the trajectory of obesity rates among western children. More likely to be accepted by the western minded is Yanovski’s suggestion of diet journals being shared in public classes and worked upon as a group to develop better eating habits as children. Either or would inevitably save taxpayers money down the road and increase the overall quality of life for the average American at the same
Farmer’s markets allow families to experience the culture and passions of local merchants, farmers, and friends through freshly produced foods. In these communities, people buy nutritious goods difficult to find in their local grocery stores. For the past decade, the locavore movement has influenced and convinced many people to eat locally grown products as much as possible because they claim it preserves the environment. However, many people disagree with this movement stating even though it supports local farmers, it hurts farmers in other places. They also say it ignores economies of scale involving good miles.
In chapter 2 they start to talk about food desserts. That the area of these food deserts are do not have accuses to enough food. Often these food desert areas only have food in liquor markets and gas station which the food is usually no healthy. This shows that the grocery stores failed to supply to inner-city locations. Often the area that did not have access to fresh foods had a much easier access to fast food restaurants. The supermarket is one of causes of obesity. The transportations to get the food was hard not many public services to get food. The chapter then talks about how on convenient stores are usually always open with food filled with tons of fats and sugars and how they have access to this 24/7. Another thing they talked about
When prices rise, consumers often move to cheaper, less-nutritious foods, increasing the risks of micronutrient defects and other forms of malnutrition, which can have long-term unfavorable effects on people’s health, development and productivity. Hunger
With a big city comes big diversity. My hometown, the city of Chicago, not only is diverse because of the people, but it is also very diverse because of the food. If you were to visit the top floor of the Willis Tower, or as my fellow Chicagoans would refer to it as the Sears Tower, you would be able to see majority of Chicago, and its various components. My hometown of Chicago has actually tried to be more organic and be more involved in the food movement, as well. Even within my neighborhood, which is a primarily Hispanic neighborhood, has tried to be more organic. Although some may argue it’s hard to be organic in such a huge city because of all of the food deserts, Chicago is trying very hard to counteract this for the sake of the health of our city.
Food deserts are an area with limited access to healthy affordable food locations. Often times areas that consist of lower socio-economic status have more fast food chain restaurants, than supermarkets that carry wholesome nutritious food.5 Also, many people start to create habits when it comes to their nutrition. People can get so used to eating unhealthy food that many times when presented with options for healthier choices, such as, fruit stands and corner markets that sell vegetables and fruits many people can opt out. They simply are not used to having these options available to them. There have been cases where supermarkets have been implemented into food deserts and one thing research has found is that people will buy the same exact
In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it's almost shocking that anyone in America goes hungry. Yet every day, there are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. We work to get nourishing food – from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers – to people in need. At the same time, we also seek to help the people we serve build a path to a brighter, food-secure future.
This means that healthy food it’s not really that expensive it’s just people making wrong decisions in wrong choices of their eating habits. That means that poor eating habits are just excuses because in some cases it’s not a economic reason. The income gap affects food choices is it in the sense that people are not driven to pick up a healthy organic lettuce or a healthy organic carrots, people that are struggling with money may have stress eating disorder so they look for food stable saturate them and often end up buying some mac & cheese or some frozen dinner plates.” If you’re living from paycheck to paycheck and on a limited budget, you’re probably more likely to skip the organic vegetables and reach for the boxed mac and cheese instead”-Mike Collins.