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See No Junk Food, Buy No Junk Food

“Food deserts” is a new name given to places – from urban ghettos to impoverished suburbs to low income rural areas – where it is hard to find fresh fruits and vegetables and where junk food rules.

wrote an editorial in the New York Times in which they discuss this issue:

“In a study, my colleagues and I found that supermarkets had an average of nearly 140 feet of shelf space for fresh fruits and the same for vegetables, but small stores had on average a pitiful three feet for fresh fruits and six for fresh vegetables. The small stores devoted about three times as much shelf space to soda, chips, snack cakes and candy as to fruits and vegetables. In convenience stores, the ratio was closer to 30 to 1.

The federal government, which provided $70 billion in food stamp benefits to 46 million low-income people last year, has the power to alter this reality.”

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