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Entries by Mari Gallagher from 09/2008

Brother, Can You Spare an Apple?

| Posted 09.09.2008 | Chicago

Can the market do well by doing some good? Why not? In Chicago alone we have identified a half-million-plus people who live in a Food Desert with no or distant grocery stores but nearby access to fast food.

Grocer, Can You Make a Profit?

| Posted 09.15.2008 | Chicago

We spend billions of dollars in this country treating diseases that could be moderated or prevented by better and healthier food access and choice. A great number of these treatments are for the uninsured and take place in the emergency room. This is not cost-effective.

Fast, Cheap and Easy: How Fringe Food Hurts Public Health When it's the Only Choice

| Posted 09.30.2008 | Chicago

We consider a mainstream grocery store a place where you can support a healthy diet on a regular basis. A fringe food location is the opposite; it is not inherently bad, but when it's the primary food source, local diets and public health suffer.