Saturday, April 10, 2010

New York City "Food Drought"

The Gotham Gazette has an excellent article on unequal access to whole foods in New York City and the so-called "food drought" in the outer boroughs. The article demonstrates a direct link between access to fruits and vegetables and income: Chelsea, with a median income of $100,000 per year, is filled with fruit stands and whole food groceries, whereas you can hardly buy lettuce in West Harlem, which has a median income of about $30,000. Great use of testimony from New York City residents and a useful map that shows the distribution of groceries stores in each neighborhood in New York City.

You can find links to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's plan to fix the food drought here.

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