Urban food deserts

Canadian researchers at the University of Western Ontario have studied the evolution of food deserts in urban areas. Food deserts are areas where people have low or no access to food shops. In other words, they are neighborhoods with low average home incomes and poor access to healthy food. As said the lead researcher, Poor people with no car can be severely adversely affected by living in food deserts and are more likely to suffer from bad health and low quality of life with diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.’ But what is the major cause of food desertification? Supermarkets, because they are built in new suburbs while smaller food shops are disappearing from city centers.

Plus, food prices in such urban food deserts are always much higher than in the prosperous suburbs, which makes things even worse for those living in them.

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