A food desert, as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is an urban neighborhood or rural area without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. When you and others are located more than one mile from a grocery store in a city, you live in a food desert. If you have to travel more than 10 miles in a rural area, you live in a food desert. Sometimes people have to travel as much as 20 miles to find fresh, whole foods.
What’s the answer? It’s not that there aren’t enough local farms. The challenge is getting the products and the consumers together. Gas station quickie marts could help, but they are usually stocked with processed foods. If there is a farmers market reasonably close to where you live, you are fortunate. Then again, if you live in the country, you can always grow your own vegetables and fruits, right?! Another popular solution, if you live in a big city, is home delivery.