Presentation Title

Food Deserts in the City

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Location

IB 1008

Start Date

24-3-2018 4:15 PM

End Date

24-3-2018 4:30 PM

Abstract

Food deserts are areas of a city where residents lack reasonable (walkable) access to healthy, nutritious, affordable food. In many cities, food deserts exist due to the absence of large grocers in some of their neighbourhoods or are a consequence of the restructuring of the food industry, which in many instances has led to the closing and subsequent abandonment of supermarkets in many areas of town. Food deserts are a feature of many lower-income neighbourhoods as well as more affluent, suburban neighbourhoods. The purpose of this presentation is to outline the history behind the emergence and the evolution of food deserts in the urban settings. It reviews some of the major social issues as well as the key debates associated with food deserts. The presentation also explores some of the prevailing solutions to food deserts by looking at a few case studies of municipalities that are working towards solving this issue in their communities.

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Gilles Viaud

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Mar 24th, 4:15 PM Mar 24th, 4:30 PM

Food Deserts in the City

IB 1008

Food deserts are areas of a city where residents lack reasonable (walkable) access to healthy, nutritious, affordable food. In many cities, food deserts exist due to the absence of large grocers in some of their neighbourhoods or are a consequence of the restructuring of the food industry, which in many instances has led to the closing and subsequent abandonment of supermarkets in many areas of town. Food deserts are a feature of many lower-income neighbourhoods as well as more affluent, suburban neighbourhoods. The purpose of this presentation is to outline the history behind the emergence and the evolution of food deserts in the urban settings. It reviews some of the major social issues as well as the key debates associated with food deserts. The presentation also explores some of the prevailing solutions to food deserts by looking at a few case studies of municipalities that are working towards solving this issue in their communities.