Monday, April 28, 2008

Urban food deserts in major cities

This article examines the rise of food deserts in major cities - places in urban areas where people have low or no access to food shops:

Canadian researchers at the University of Western Ontario have studied the evolution of food deserts in urban areas. Food deserts are areas where people have low or no access to food shops. In other words, they are neighburhoods with low average home incomes and poor access to healthy food. As said the lead researcher, 'Poor people with no car can be severely adversely affected by living in food deserts and are more likely to suffer from bad health and low quality of life with diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.' But what is the major cause of food desertification? Supermarkets, because they are built in new suburbs while smaller food shops are disappearing from city centers. But read more...

Food desertification in London, Ontario

Think how this situation will be exacerbated by the current rise in food prices, as well as falling supplies?

Read article - 'Urban food deserts in major cities'

From - Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends

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