Today's post is authored by MedEq's Volunteer Coordinator, Dania Baraka.
Food deserts. The first time I heard about this was quite recently. I searched the term up on the internet, and what I found was pretty self-explanatory. Food desserts, as defined by the USDA, are, “... parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers” (1). The inner city of Detroit is facing one of the worst food deserts in the United States. How can one even begin to talk about the rebirth and renaissance of the city of Detroit when the populations of the city have easier access to unhealthy fast foods than fresh fruits and vegetables? How do we expect our great city to ever rise from its’ ashes if the people that live in the area are being robbed of what should be considered a universal human right – access to fresh food and vegetables.