Creating an Oasis in the Food Desert
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Nestled amid many urban areas, and even some rural areas, are food deserts: places dominated by convenience stores that sell only highly processed snacks and junk food. Living in one of these places can lead to higher rates of obesity and diabetes.
The solution to this problem is not simple. Market owners are reluctant to stock high-risk foods like fruits and vegetables, which are more expensive and go bad quickly, when cheap long-lasting junk food is still selling. In spite of this challenge, a group of students in Los Angeles is working to bring healthy food to the desert.GOOD explains that the organization, Market Makeovers, has been:
Riding a food desert-awareness wave in Los Angeles, where government-enforced policies like a fast food moratorium or ideas around taxing soft drinks have been gaining momentum.
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