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
Food deserts are areas where individuals have limited access towards healthy food alternatives that are reasonably priced such as vegetables and fresh fruits. This absence is due to the lack of grocery stores within suitable traveling range.
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). A barren wasteland consisting of no healthy food options, or even a market where you can at least have a choice on what you eat, seems to be impossible to come by.
In short, many people around the United States suffer from food instability and hunger. People can’t always help the situations they are in, but there are things almost everyone can do to help the hunger situation in
The idea that “food deserts” are the leading cause of obesity is broad, complicated and somewhat paradoxical. For example, “food deserts can occur in a community when available and accessible stores fail to offer healthy, affordable food” (Source A). With the idea that food deserts are the leading cause of obesity, this broad idea states that obesity can be cured by throwing down more grocery stores and problem solved. However, as stated in source C, “We have stressed throughout the course of our work that simply plopping down a grocery store doesn't mean that these problems are instantly solved” (Source C). This counters the idea provided in source A because it opens up the idea that there are other causes to the epidemic. Then comes the paradoxical part to this idea. Knowing that throwing down grocery stores won’t instantly solve the obesity problem, however, “all the knowledge and willpower in the world won't allow food-desert residents to choose healthy foods unless they also have access” (Source C). There
Hunger is a serious problem in America. ⅙ of Americans are food insecure compared to 1/20 of Europeans. Hunger is most common in southern parts of the country. Food insecurity is also predominated by single mothers. Foreign-born immigrants also struggle with food insecurity.
In the infamous prose “Attention Whole Foods Shoppers” Robert Paarlberg, a Harvard international affairs expert divulges on the ongoing warfare with the issue of sustainability. Paarlberg focuses on how the rise in global starvation increases in less developed nations, but it is often ignored by those in developed countries because of their fixation with the green revolution. He asserts many claims as to why Africa and Asia still have high food deprivation rates, which quite contrary to popular belief has nothing to do with overpopulation. This stems from lack of investment into agricultural infrastructure and investments. His criticism of whole foods shoppers seeks to bring awareness to the issue of world hunger and how the quest to eat organically
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.
The closest store off campus that supplied food products was right around the corner, however, the only problem about it was that it 's considered a food desert. They will not typically have nutritious foods such that of a grocery store. Food deserts, which are mostly convenience stores, are closer to residences, allowing them to purchase cheap, quick and unhealthy food. This limited access to healthy foods due to not having easy access to a grocery store results in poor diet. However, even if someone has reliable transportation to get to the nearest grocery store, shoppers will still have to debate on whether or not to buy certain healthy products versus normal products since the healthiest foods are priced higher than the original. Healthy foods are needed for a well-balanced diet, however, price is another factor that greatly impacts whether or not an individual can afford
My original core reading “How a Government Computer Glitch forced Thousands of Families to go Hungry” Gerry Smith’s article goes into detail about North Carolina’s system glitch and how it forced several, hungry families to go without food. Smith is currently working with The Huffington Post to report all means involving technology. Ellen Smirl, the woman who published “Social Justice Deficits in the Local Food Movement: Local Food and Low-Income Realities” has written about several different topics, from the food industry all the way to the insurance companies. Within this reading she discusses alternative food movement and how these choices affect the environment. Likewise, both readings reach out and try to inform others
On January 29, 1951, an African American woman named Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with Stage 1, Epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix, after her visit to John Hopkins Hospital. Henrietta began radium treatments which was proven to kill cancer cells and a safer option than surgery, according to her physician Howard Jones. Jones increased Henrietta’s dose of radiation in hopes to decrease the size of the tumors however the treatments were proven ineffective and her skin was burned blacker while the pain grew unbearable until she passed away on October 4, 1951. She left behind her husband David “Day” and five children: Lawrence, Elsie, David Jr, Deborah, and Zakariyya (Joe). This paper will focus on how Henrietta Lack’s and her family’s experience
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
Over the past several years, Chicago has dealt with many issues. Not only political issues, but food issues as well. One of them being the food deserts. A food desert is quite common in Chicago, sadly. Many neighborhoods are left without a supermarket near them, in which they would have to travel either by car or by public transportation to be able to buy groceries, or they would often have to settle for a convenience store or gas station. The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, has been trying to eliminate all of the food deserts in the Chicago area (Mayor’s Press Release 2013).
The article the “New Face of Hunger” talks about a family living in rural Iowa that is dealing with food insecurity. I also live in a rural area here in Indiana where people are having to deal with food insecurity as well. I wonder if there are similarities between these two groups of people who are both dealing with food insecurity. So, why do people that are surrounded by food have trouble with food insecurity? Could it be because the state is focusing on how much they are exporting and overlooks the deeper problem of hunger within their state?
World Hunger affects a significant amount of people all around the world. It is an issue that everyone should be aware of. The future is bright but there are lots of steps left to figuring out a way to end world hunger. From my research, my intention is to inform the reader about what is hunger, what are the causes, what are the effects of it, where does it mostly occur, and how can we end it.