What Will Make The Food Desert Bloom?
All Things Considered, National Public Radio. May 1, 2012.
Listen to this story profiling The Food Trust’s healthy corner store work in Philadelphia. The idea of improving access to healthy foods to people living in food deserts has gotten a lot of attention lately. But community food activists understand ”it takes a combination of access, innovation, and education to change peoples’ habits for the better.” The Food Trust has helped bring supermarkets to underserved areas, and is working with hundreds of corner stores to stock and promote healthy choices:
“On several store racks, there are signs that rate products green, yellow, or red, based on how nutritious they are. And there are flashy little cards with recipes for how to use some of the most nutritious ingredients. Each of these meals should feed a family of four and cost about five dollars.”
The story highlights the complexity of changing food habits.