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Food Deserts

Lakeview Residents None Too Pleased About Walmart Plans

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago

They may be clamoring for Wal-Marts on the South Side, but on the North Side on Monday night, the "smiley faces" were few and far between during a mee...

How To Fix Our 'Cooking Problem'

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 06.01.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

What is needed is a networked clearinghouse of ideas and best practices, recipes, demonstrations, and methods for getting people excited about preparing and sharing fresh, wholesome, local food.

Going Hungry In An Obese Nation

Peggy Conlon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Peggy Conlon

How is it that 17 million children in the U.S. live on the brink of hunger while, at the same time, 9 million American children are obese? It's certainly a troubling paradox.

Walmart Won't Fix New York, New Yorkers Will

Matt Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Matt Ryan

Across the country, we've seen that when Walmart sets up shop in poor neighborhoods, they do more harm than good. Nationally, when Walmart enters a new market, it kills three jobs for every two jobs it "creates."

Dinner in the Desert

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sarah Newman

We all bear the consequences if these children don't eat.

King of the Food Deserts

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

For some, low-end retail is a godsend. Questionable food and part-time jobs with no benefits are better than no food and no jobs. For others it is a bad omen.

Help Our Children Play

Irene Rosenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Irene Rosenfeld

Research indicates that children who live near a park are less likely to be overweight than kids without a park nearby. Ensuring our kids have safe places to play can be a simple part of a solution to our crisis of obesity.

The Fight Over Food Deserts -- Corporate America Smacks Its Way Down

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

Behind Walmart's high profile donations to fight hunger, there is a decidedly less charitable story that is repeating itself throughout corporate America.

Drugstores Bringing Fresh Produce To Chicago's Underserved Communities

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CVS and Walgreens are increasing their stocks of fresh produce in the vast areas of Chicago with no grocery stores. Fruits, vegetables, prepared meal...

Save Money, Live Better: The Case for Wal-Mart on the South Side of Chicago

Elizabeth Flock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elizabeth Flock

Convenience stores, as well as mom-and-pop stores down on the South Side are known for charging obscene rates for clothing and other products.

16 Million Kids Face 'Summer Of Hunger'

AOL News | Judy Pasternak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON (June 16) -- With the school year ending in communities across America, more than 16 million children face a summer of hunger....

Healthy Bodegas Inititative and Red Jacket Orchards Bring Local Produce to Bodegas

Cathy Erway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cathy Erway

cross-posted from Not Eating Out in New York It's summer. There's produce, plenty of it local. It's coming to supermarkets, restaurants and Greenmark...

Will Allen's Growing Power Brings Urban Farms To Inner Cities

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Through the nonprofit organization he founded, agriculturalist Will Allen has dedicated himself to creating sustainable community farms in urban areas...

LAANE Event To Promote Community Giving, Social Participation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The late senator Ted Kennedy once said that LAANE "changed the lives of countless families in Southern California." He was talking about the Los Angel...

Jewish Groups Work To Fight 'Food Deserts'

The Los Angeles Times | Teresa Watanabe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

"We want to transform the food deserts of Los Angeles into a promised land of access to healthy food," said Elissa Barrett, executive director of the ...

Potatoes, Not Just Pistons, Taking Root in Detroit

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

Although the idea of urban farming might be unknown to many people, or just assumed to be commonplace in coastal areas such as San Francisco and Brooklyn, Detroit is becoming more about potatoes than pistons.

Michelle Obama Takes On Food Deserts (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The White House blog just released a new video of Michelle Obama talking about her goal of eliminating "food deserts" which are usually low-income urb...

An Apple a Day to Combat Obesity

Laurie M. Tisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Laurie M. Tisch

In New York, a unique private-public partnership is deploying specially-permitted street vendors selling only fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods with significant health problems

Go Bananas During National Food Desert Awareness Month

Mari Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mari Gallagher

Fast, cheap and easy is not a porn film; it's the new American diet.

In California's Central Valley: Rich Land, Poor Nutrition

npr.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

California's Central Valley produces many of the fruits and vegetables consumed in America. It is also one of the poorest areas of the country....

There's No Such Thing As "Convenience Food"

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Among all the responses to the new data showing we're getting sicker and fatter, I was most struck by Kerry Trueman's comment at Civil Eats that what ...

Pushing Produce into Urban Food Deserts

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Wendy Gordon

New York City has approved 1,000 new mobile food carts for neighborhoods in the five boroughs that have long been isolated from traditional supermarkets, grocery stores and farmers' markets.

It's Not That Easy Being Green

Mari Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mari Gallagher

African Americans, on average, travel twice as far to reach a mainstream grocery store as they do a fast food restaurant and more are likely to suffer and die prematurely from diet-related diseases.

Bronzeville Getting New Supermarket, Relief For 'Food Desert'

Chi-Town Daily News | LINDSEY REISER AND LEAH WESTFALL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

{P]arts of the South Side, including Bronzeville, have been labeled "food deserts" because of the lack of supermarkets and other food sources. But t...

The Politician Who's Ready to Reclaim Our Food Chain Now

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

While Obama and Tom Vilsack have given lip service to the merits of Michael Pollan's proposals, our bold Manhattan borough president has been busy actively working to implement them.