Monthly Archives: August 2011

How D.C. (and the Rest of the Country) Can Eliminate Food Deserts

Washington, D.C. sports its proud identity as the nation’s capital, but it also suffers the typical problems of urban blight, including food deserts, impoverished areas with limited access to healthy food. Almost 16,000 people reside in such food deserts within the city.

Fortunately, a number of forward-thinking organizations have resolved to end food insecurity in the nation’s capital through food access, affordability, and community education. As a result, D.C. capitalizes on its dual local/national character and acts as a role model for initiatives that support access to good food throughout the nation.

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Food Pricing, Obesity and Government Policy

Is U.S. Farm Policy Feeding Obesity Epidemic?

We found this a very compelling question posted by Frank Morris at NPR in “All Things Considered”:

…roughly $15 billion in annual subsidies that the federal government gives to farmers encourages them to grow too much grain. As a result, the theory goes, prices drop, food gets cheaper and we end up eating too much.

It seems like a simple equation. But the truth is rarely simple.

What role do government policies play in food pricing and how does this affect the average American, who on average, only spends 10% of their money on food.