Food deserts shrink, but love handles stay - The Packer

Food deserts shrink, but love handles stay

03/16/2012 08:31:00 AM
Fred Wilkinson

The food desert’s bleak landscape is painted in the public perception as a nutritional wasteland where fast-food chains reign and the produce aisle — if you can find one — is little more than bruised bananas and a few sacks of spuds.

With the Obama administration’s heightened focus on the link between American’s often unhealthful diets and related public health issues such as diabetes and heart disease, food deserts have received even more scrutiny. 


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Doug Stoiber    
Raleigh, NC  |  March, 27, 2012 at 07:18 AM

Excellent piece, Fred. It's easy to get on the wrong side of an argument when one question's the government's involvement in trying to influence free markets - believe me, I have taken some arrows on the controversial subject of the 'food deserts'. Good intentions often trump good, sound research in areas like nutrition, and while valuable background information like yours is slow to make its way into the public discussion, bureaucrats have already rushed to pump tax dollars into a solution to a problem that may not exist - at least not at the levels claimed by the advocates for more government spending. Thanks for going to another level on this story.

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