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date: 09 December 2023

food desert 

A Dictionary of Human Geography

Alisdair Rogers,

Noel Castree,

Rob Kitchin

An area in which residents’ access to healthy, affordable food is highly restricted, for example, because of the absence of food retailers in a low-income urban neighbourhood. The metaphor of a desert inverts the idea of an oasis: food deserts, at least in developed countries, are patches of poor nutrition in an otherwise biodiverse metaphorical ecosystem that offers most people a very good diet should they choose to eat well. The metaphor was coined in the early 1990s in the UK and had been used widely in studies of socio-spatial inequality in Western countries. Poor diet is typically linked with low incomes, which are also linked with reduced life expectancy and higher rates of illness.... ...

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