Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How's Your Fresh Food Access?

Do you live in a food desert ? - defined by the US Farm Bill 2008 as an area in the United States with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, particularly such an area composed of predominantly lower income neighborhoods and communities.

Last night I attended a sustainability meeting for a 12 county region.  There were many display boards in the room, but one caught my attention.  It was a map of the area food deserts, showing that 17% of residents lived in one.

If you would like to see if you live in a food desert - enter your zip code in this locator.  IF your dot is in a pink area, then you live in a food desert. I entered my last zip code in Florida and there was no pink to be found.
But when I put in my current zip code, I was surrounded by food deserts.

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