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Food Deserts

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 | 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

Carl Gibson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
Carl 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

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.

How Walmart Is Devouring Our Food System (Infographic)

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 02.03.2013 | Home
Stacy Mitchell

Here's a look at how Walmart has dramatically altered the food system -- triggering massive consolidation, driving down prices to farmers, and leaving more families struggling to afford healthy food.

Settling The 'Food Desert' Debate With A Trip To All 111 Detroit Grocery Stores

Posted 11.09.2012 | Detroit

Detroit photographer Noah Stephens has aimed to show a different side of the city from what frequently makes it into national press, highlighting its ...

A Big Change May Come To San Francisco's Corner Stores

Aaron Sankin | Posted 09.26.2012 | San Francisco

Your neighborhood corner store isn't the first place you'd probably think of going for healthy food options. Hot Cheetos and Takis? Yes. Fresh ingredi...

PHOTOS: Crazy Ice Cream Flavors From Around The World

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 09.30.2012 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Frozen treats are way more than just chocolate and vanilla in these far-flung countries.

Fresh Food Solutions Usually Spring Up From the Grassroots Level

Patrick Geans-Ali | Posted 08.20.2012 | Detroit
Patrick Geans-Ali

Fresh Corner Cafe is a start up business that is actively working to address the long-standing problem of providing more access to healthy food choices in Detroit neighborhoods.

When Food Guides Design

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 06.08.2012 | Home

By Vanessa Quirk click here for original article A community in Treasure Hill, in Taiwan, originally slated for demolition, but then preserved a...

City Council OKs Outdoor Fruit, Vegetable Stands

Posted 06.07.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to legalize roadside, outdoor produce stands. The Mayor Rahm Emanuel-introduced ordinance wil...

Joseph Erbentraut

WATCH: Mobile Farm Aims To Kickstart Second Annual Tour | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.14.2012 | Chicago

Last year, Truck Farm Chicago was born. A mobile farm that travels to schools, festivals and farmers markets, Truck Farm Chicago brings urban agric...