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Food Deserts

Why It's Harder For Urban Minorities To Eat Healthy

VOXXI | Hope Gillette | Posted 01.27.2014 | Latino Voices

There is a great push in the country to eat healthy and exercise, but to find healthy, organic food might be more of a challenge depending on where yo...

Yes, You Can Lose Weight Eating Nothing But McDonald's, But That's Not the Point

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

Privilege is ultimately front and center here. Mr. Cisna could have stopped his fast-food diet at any point. Many Americans, however, are beholden to unhealthy eating out of necessity. We owe it to them to help build a healthier food system, rather than hold up fast-food chains as beacons of health while simultaneously chastising individuals for making "bad choices."

The Sweetest Guy in Beverly Hills

Elsa Giannakoudaki | Posted 12.04.2013 | Home
Elsa Giannakoudaki

Jonathan Grahm will have you remarking, "what a sweet guy," and that's not only because he is at the helms of the historic Compartes Chocolatier, ...

Because Eastern Market, That's Why

Amanda Gregory | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Amanda Gregory

I suspect the reactions I received when telling people I was moving to Detroit were similar to those one might receive after announcing a plan to move to Yemen or to give up practicing law in order to farm tarantulas. Many just did not understand.

One Man Asks: "How Can There Be So Much Food Waste in This Country?"

Rich Polt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

With only his pick-up truck and a few plastic storage bins for food, Arthur would routinely transport as much as he could carry to a local nonprofit. However, as Gather began to expand, a few bins turned into dozens, and the pick-up truck turned into a full-fledged refrigerated truck.

Food Waste to Plate: A Transcontinental Train Ride to Learn From the Real Food Pioneers

Daniella Uslan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Daniella Uslan

Americans throw out an astounding 40 percent of food each year, a value of $165 billion. The food, left in landfills, emits methane gas and contributes to global warming. Not only does food waste squander resources and money, food is missing the mouths of those who need it most.

Rahm Hoping Chicago Forgets Everything in Time for 2015

Dave Stieber | Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Rahm is betting that the voters of Chicago will forget about the countless things he has done to continue to harm working class communities across the city. He is attempting to do a few "good" things just in time for his attempt at a 2015 reelection. Unfortunately for Rahm he doesn't realize that Chicago is a city of historians who don't forget.

Whole Foods Plans To Open Store In Englewood

Posted 09.04.2013 | Chicago

A Whole Foods Market is coming to Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, bringing with it roughly 100 jobs and the hope of erasing the area's reputation as...

Transforming Food Deserts and Swamps to Fight Obesity

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Hopefully, as the problem of food deserts and swamps gains greater recognition, communities will implement innovative and creative solutions. The USDA's Healthy Food Financing Initiative should focus on supporting this kind of innovation in communities across the country.

Feast or Famine: Food Inequality in America

Marqueece Harris-Dawson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Los Angeles
Marqueece Harris-Dawson

South L.A. has a history of turning moments of crisis into ones of promise. The closure of Ralphs represents an opportunity to insist on something better, and to organize ourselves to make those demands a reality.

Toxic Chemical in Food Cans: BPA Endangers Health of Low-Income Adults, Children and Babies

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric Holt Gimenez

The overwhelming presence of BPA and its negative effects on health highlight the need for equitable models of healthy food distribution in food deserts in order to decrease risk of obesity, diabetes, and breast cancer.

Aaron Sankin

Troubling News About Soup Kitchen Meals

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.03.2013 | San Francisco

Soup kitchens are often an essential resource for deeply impoverished individuals across the United States. But a new analysis shows that the free mea...

Food Insecurity, Food Security

Christina Weiss Lurie | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Christina Weiss Lurie

Veterinarians, business leaders, public decision-makers, public health officials, and city planners need to take a stand and find new ways for America to move towards food security.

Cooperative Economics: Replacing Capitalism in Collapse

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
C. Robert Gibson

This made me wonder: Why did I ever allow myself to live alone with no community and pay a landlord who doesn't make decisions with tenants in a democratic process?

Reinvention and Authenticity: People, Companies, and Countries

Russell C. Smith | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

Being authentic means trusting your gut and moving ahead. It means that many times, your questions will be more important than your answers. On a personal level, it's where deeper truths are discovered.

The Massachusetts Avenue Project: Greening a Food Desert

Dark Rye | Posted 07.08.2013 | Taste
Dark Rye

The process of growing your own food can transform lives.

Fresh, Healthy Food: Coming to a Corner Store Already Near You

Brianna Almaguer Sandoval | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Brianna Almaguer Sandoval

While corner stores are often viewed negatively and blamed for contributing to the obesity epidemic, I've had the privilege over the past four years to view corner stores in a new light: as critical allies in improving the health of our communities.

Renewing Our Community's Agricultural Life From Loss in South Central Los Angeles

Tezozomoc | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Tezozomoc

Too often, the same people who work our fields during the day, planting and harvesting fresh produce, spend their evenings in line at the local food bank.

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Dylan Ratigan

If you are reading this, you likely know I left a highly successful, self-titled show at MSNBC last June in search of meaning and purpose in my work and life. I had lost both after 18 years in Manhattan, and it was a three-tour Iraq combat Marine and his war-protestor wife who pointed me in a new direction.

ReThink Review: A Place at the Table - Hungry In the Land of the Fat

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Every day in the U.S., 50 million people -- including one in four children -- are food insecure, meaning they don't know where their next meal is coming from. The documentary A Place at the Table attempts to put a face on this issue.

From Up on High: A Movie Review of A Place at the Table

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

The ironies abound in this lean 84-minute documentary. Obesity in this country is shown to be often a sign of hunger and poverty, unlike in very poor, developing countries, where hunger and poverty leave people all skin and bones.

Soul Food Junkies: Finally a Food Film That Doesn't Preach!

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 04.09.2013 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

Mr. Hurt's nuanced documentary, Soul Food Junkies, woven into his personal narrative, reveals not only the impact of black cuisine on African Americans, but also its impact on Southern cooking and on the way many of us relate to food.

A Delicious Recipe for Successful Latina-Owned Small Businesses

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 12.28.2012 | Latino Voices
Jose Antonio Tijerino

Amelia Gonzalez and Arcelia Gallardo figured out how to combine the legacies of their Mesoamerican ancestors with a passion for Latino culture, arts and business.

Rebuilding Sandy-Afflicted Neighborhoods... With Healthy Food Options

Karen Karp | Posted 02.20.2013 | Home
Karen Karp

As efforts progress to rebuild New York City neighborhoods significantly broken by Hurricane Sandy, we would be wise to address a lingering problem afflicting these and other communities: access to healthy food.

What Impacts Your Health in the District?

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 02.04.2013 | DC
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

I bet you didn't realize that if you are a D.C. resident, your gender, your race, and what metro stop you live by actually helps determine how long you live and what you might die of.