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USDA Launches “Food Desert Locator”

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The USDA has just launched their “Food Desert Locator” map, which shows low-income census tracts “where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store.”

Apparently the map has it’s share of flaws, as noted by The Consumerist:

With such a broad reach and a shallow depth to the data there are going to be some humorous local aberrations. In one instance, the grocery store down the road from one of our writers is listed as being inside a food desert. And there is a grocery store across the street from it.

Moreover, some of the food deserts appear to be sparsely populated zones where it seems a good number of the people might rely on growing and hunting their own food, along with stockpiling when they make trips into town.

At any rate, there are certainly legitimate areas of need that this map can help identify – which will hopefully be the first step toward needed changes. You can check out the map for yourself on the USDA website by clicking here.

(via The Consumerist)

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