17 March 2014 – so many people, but so few food stores in Atlanta

The US Guardian website has an article about food access in Atlanta for those on low incomes. Although the article is framed in terms of ‘food deserts’, Atlanta’s issues are much more complex, bound up with transport problems, income inequality and a scarcity of healthy and affordable food. One of the most interesting aspects of the article is the paradoxical situation it relates about poor areas of the city where healthy food is scarce, being home to at least a dozen urban agricultural businesses selling fresh produce that is priced well beyond the means of local markets and trucked across the city to wealthier neighbourhoods.

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