Local Agriculture

Mom-and-pop vs. big-box stores in the food desert

A few weeks ago, when the Obama administration released its Food Desert Locator, many of us realized that a once-good idea has spoiled like a bag of old bread. If you go online and find that your family lives in a food desert, don't worry: You have plenty of company. One of every 10 census tracts in the lower 48 has been awarded that status.

...Ironically the USDA's Food Environment Atlas already offers a far more complete picture of food access on a county-by-county basis than does the new Food Desert Locator.