food desert


Definition of food desert

: an area where little fresh produce is available for sale Despite the common perception of food deserts as city neighborhoods where fast food chains and convenience stores dominate, many of Kansas' food deserts are in rural areas. In some, residents have to drive 20 miles or farther to find a source of healthful food.— Megan Hart

Examples of food desert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As many as 450,000 people live in food deserts in Cuyahoga County, the region that includes both the park and Cleveland. NBC News, "Could farming secure the future of America's national parks?," 4 Jan. 2020 Water in the Desert The Birmingham City Council is working to lessen food deserts in our city. Birmingham Magazine, al, "Birmingham Briefs: New apps, laws, and transport," 9 Oct. 2019 Addressing the issue of food deserts is a nuanced issue without one easy solution, said Hogsett's deputy chief of staff Taylor Schaffer. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "Hogsett's plan to combat food insecurity hits a few hurdles," 13 July 2019 Opponents say dollar stores kill local small businesses by undercutting them with cheap goods, create food deserts by driving fresh markets out of business and sell cheap plastic products containing hazardous chemicals, usually made in China. John Carlisle,, "Dollar store wants to infiltrate popular Up North vacation spot — and town fights back," 2 Dec. 2019 About one in four people in Baltimore lives in a food desert. Talia Richman,, "Baltimore is bringing subsidized Lyft rides to people who live in ‘food deserts’," 18 Nov. 2019 There are food deserts, parents who have to work long hours or several jobs with long commutes to sustain their families, and few good childcare options. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "How to shop without Amazon," 21 Dec. 2019 West Virginia Charleston: West Virginia University will hold a summit on food deserts this week as part of an ongoing project to increase access to healthy food in the state. USA TODAY, "White Sands dust-up, distracted-driving cams, hog rules: News from around our 50 states," 10 Dec. 2019 Have a story tip about food deserts or community farming? Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Plant a fruit tree this fall. Your neighbors will thank you," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of food desert

1988, in the meaning defined above

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9 Mar 2020

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“Food desert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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