From Shakesville, showing food deserts, places where the population is low income and a substantial portion of residents are without a nearby grocery store, in the United States. The USDA website with more information is here.

The fact that so much of the country has poor access to good sources of food, especially sources of fresh produce and other high quality, healthy foods, worries me. How can we even hope to create a system of agriculture and food distribution that is sustainable and and equitable, when in so many places we’re so far from having any system of food distribution at all? Its a lot easier to put up the billboards I’ve seen telling people to eat more vegetables than it is to create economic and social conditions that give people easy, equal access to healthy food, but I don’t think the billboards are a good long term plan.