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Interactive Map: Food Deserts

Posted by Steve Anderson on Friday, June 10th, 2011

Slate’s interactive map shows that in many counties, more than 10% of households are at least a mile from a supermarket, and do not have access to a car.  According to Slate, “Much of the public health debate over rising obesity rates has turned to these “food deserts,” where convenience store fare is more accessible—and more expensive—than healthier options farther away.”

A comment sums up the issue: “As our population ages, more and more will have to move out of rural areas into urban centers where services and basic necessities can be reached via public transportation. I wish our government and local planners had the wisdom to anticipate such problems.”

Food Deserts: An Interactive Map of the Places in America Farthest From a Supermarket

http://labs.slate.com/articles/food-deserts-in-america/

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