A food desert can be described as any area within a city, town or region that has little or no access to fresh food at low or affordable prices. This short film focuses on food deserts in certain low-income neighborhoods in Chicago but it is easy to draw comparisons with areas or communities all across the United States.
Residents of food deserts in some parts of Chicago are twice as far from any grocery store as they are of the nearest fast food restaurant, and as an outcome are suffering from obesity and related illnesses. We are all too familiar with this issue, but as the video suggests, we should look to ways we can improve this situation in our own communities. Community gardens and green spaces offer a great opportunity for locals to take control of some of their food source, educate residents and provide jobs and internships for youth. So, the next time you shop for food, take a good look and explore better options.
Video by Climateed