food desert

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food desert (plural food deserts)

  1. Somewhere where food, especially healthy food, is difficult to obtain.
    • 2006, Steven Gray, Time Magazine, "Can America's Urban Food Deserts Bloom?:
      "For years, major supermarket chains have been criticized for abandoning densely populated, largely black and Latino communities in cities like Detroit, Los Angeles, Memphis and Newark, N.J. — contributing to what many experts call food deserts."
    • 2011, The Week Editorial Staff, The Week, "America's 'Food Deserts'":
      "More precisely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines a food desert as any census district where at least 20 percent of the inhabitants are below the poverty line and 33 percent live over a mile from the nearest supermarket (or in rural areas, more than 10 miles)."
    • 2012, Judy Valente, PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, "Food Deserts":
      "Food deserts are communities with little or no access to healthy food."