- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fuːd ˈdɛzə(ɹ)t/
- (General American) IPA(key): /fud ˈdɛzɚt/
- Hyphenation: food de‧sert
- A populated region where food, especially healthy food, is difficult to obtain.
2009 May 26, Steven Gray, “Can America's urban food deserts bloom?”, in Time, archived from the original on 28 January 2016:
- 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 August 12, “America's ‘food deserts’”, in The Week, archived from the original on 28 May 2016:
- 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).