There are around 40 Food Deserts in Dallas County where people do not have local access to produce or fresh meats or bakery goods.
People in my neighborhood have to drive about 8 miles to get to a Walmart but there is a supermarket within a 5 block radius of our house in about every direction.
We do not have a problem with not having direct access either by car, by foot or by bus or light rail to get to any grocery store but in other areas of Dallas, it's so bad that they reported this issue on the evening news tonight on broadcast television.
There are reportedly about as many as 40 locations where they are designated as food deserts where the local people can not gain access to a grocery store that has fresh produce and that means more people either buy local processed junk foods in the area or take a bus or a cab or get a friend to drive them to a Walmart some 8 miles from home to do their grocery shopping for better health. The statistics for such areas are gloomy to say the least.
The incidents of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease are much higher statistically speaking in these food deserts than areas of affluence and good economy. We are lucky but others not so lucky.
When I see people continue to eat junk food in my area of the city it's not for lack of available fresh produce, meats and dairy and baked goods. It's just because some people just like eating junk food more than healthy food. No excuses for them and I just ate a half a bear claw just a minute or two ago. Shame on me. But a half hour earlier I did indulge in an fresh Elberta peach.
And I plan to plant the seed to see what comes up.
Image Credit » A pen pic by Anthony Davis, who write this silly post.