As poverty rises, Chicago’s food desert problem worsens

As poverty rises, Chicago’s food desert problem worsens

An estimated 400,000 Chicago residents live in food deserts - places with limited access to fresh food.

The underlying problem is poverty, as large areas of poor households lack the economic structure to support healthy local food sales. And while mayor Rahm Emanuel has targeted food deserts in his agenda, this Examiner.com article notes that the poverty problem is getting worse. Quickly.

(Also see this 2010 article from Northwestern's Medill journalism school, examining the scope and health effects of food deserts in the area.)

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