Food Desert Affects Public Health

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The issue I am researching will be based on food deserts and how it affects public health. Food desert is the main problem to a poor diet and many health issues. People who do not live in food deserts believe food deserts do not affect them in any shape or form because they have nothing to worry about if they already have food. However, they suddenly see a small increase in taxes because of those families experiencing food deserts. This process can be described as chain reaction, starting from the root of the problem which are food deserts. The families that are in food deserts do not have access to healthy foods for multiple reasons. First reason is that they are too poor to afford the healthy options. The second reason is because grocery …show more content…
Pearson talks about the research he had conducted by focusing on people who live in food deserts and the reason in finding the variable that causes food deserts. Their definition of a food desert is anyone who lives “poor communities, where residents cannot buy affordable healthy foods.” When defining the word ‘food desert,’ it allows the researchers to focus their scope on the area that has grocery stores and healthy foods, but cannot afford it. This research has similar connections with part of the definition foodispower.org gave and the Farm Bill of 2008 because they both mentioned how the low-income families struggle purchasing healthy foods. This source differs in that they found evidence that the key elements of a food desert, fruit and vegetable price, socio-economic deprivation and lack of local supermarkets, were not factors influencing the consumption of fruit or vegetable. Although this research failed to prove their hypothesis, it gave further information about trying to improve diets by orienting improvements towards socio-cultural attitudes towards …show more content…
Compared to Tim Pearson’s definition, it is more specific in including the words ‘nutritious’ and an example of where food deserts typically occur. The definition is like foodispower.org since both of their definition mentioned the areas where food desert is commonly associated with. The solution this book proposed is different than the other sources. Their solution was called “Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches.” Basically, “top-down” approach included the need of government agency or other institutions that worked towards fixing food deserts through laws and other regulations. While “bottom-up” approach refers to starting at the neighborhoods or community-based organization and then making it into a

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