Three things you need to know about Food Desert and Fresh Food Assessment:
- Food deserts are commonly defined as regions that lack access to healthy foods. Typically, a food desert is referred as a populated low-income area with limited access to full-service supermarkets.
- There were 58 registered community gardens and 14 approved farmers’ markets in the City of Edmonton by the year 2013.
- Eight food deserts are identified based on low accessibility and three based on high needs across the city, and community gardens can relieve food desert problems for inner-suburban neighborhoods.
Three myths about Food Desert and Fresh Food Assessment:
Myth #2: Community gardens and farmers markets can always relieve food desert problems as they add the fresh food supplies.
Myth #3: Food deserts are neighborhoods that have the longest distance to fresh food suppliers (e.g., supermarkets).