Food Desert Case Study

770 Words 4 Pages
The first documented use of the term “Food Desert” comes from a health report published by the nutrition task force based in the United Kingdom in 1999. The health report described a Food Desert as an area of relative exclusion where people experienced physical and economic barriers to accessing healthy food. The physical and economic barriers being families with low income, which generally lacked transportation to and from grocery stores. Generally, the neighborhood grocery migrated follow a trend in the 1980’s. However, this migration while playing somewhat of a key role in shifting locations, during the 1990’s there was still numerous retailers that sold a variety of healthful food in low income neighborhoods. Unfortunately, most of these …show more content…
Evidence of this is shown when the Low Income Project Team of 1995 created a metaphor used to describe food Deserts to the Minister of Public Health in the United Kingdom. “Food Deserts…are places where car less residents, unable to reach out-of-town super markets, depend on the corner shops where prices are high… and vegetables are non-existent” (The Independent, p. 186). Due to unequal distribution as of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, many low income neighborhoods where faced with a population that suffers from diseases linked to weight …show more content…
In the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health, substantial evidence was shown that proved what the inquiry believed to be a paradox where, “A healthy basket of food been was found to cost more in disadvantage areas” (Food Desert: An Introduction, Pg. 3). With low income communities facing the harsh reality of not being able to obtain the necessary foods to contribute to healthy diet, those neighborhoods could not afford to buy those foods. This lead to the question of “do the poor pay more?” (Food Desert: An Introduction Pg. 3). But without further information, this belief could not be accepted, and while the corner stores in the area where higher priced in these neighborhoods, it was because they were independently owned as opposed to the larger chain stores in the suburban areas. Also, without being able to analyze each families buying habit, such as what they buy and how they buy it, the study of whether or not the poor pay more was rendered

Related Documents