Tackling food deserts is complicated.
A recent study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition looked at 495 individuals in six low-income Chicago neighborhoods. It turns out, like anyone else, low-income shoppers want good quality produce and options.
These results, though hardly surprising, mean it's going to take a lot more than just throwing fruits and vegetables on store shelves to convince people to actually buy them.
He argues transportation also plays a huge role in consumption habits. (His research has focused on California, where local availability isn't as big of a concern since much of the population drives.)
And there's always the familiar problem that when any of us are faced with the choice between candy and fruit, candy often wins.
- There's More To Fixing Food Deserts Than Building Grocery Stores (North Country Public Radio)
- Don't Blame Food Deserts For Obesity (Washington Post)