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In cities, people don't have fast access to fresh produce

Supermarkets are moving to the suburbs. Researchers at Michigan State University find out why.
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Written by Boonsri Dickinson, Contributing Editor on

Urban dwellers are screwed when it comes to getting a hold of fresh produce. The best produce is likely to be a car ride away.

That's what researchers at Michigan State University are finding using technology called Geographic Information Systems to map the food situation.

Michigan professor Phil Howard said in a statement:

"The change in food environments is recurring all over the nation. The best selection of produce and the lowest prices have moved to the suburbs. So if you want lettuce in Lansing, or in most U.S. cities, you’re going to have to drive to get it.”

The researchers looked at store locations and discovered that only four percent of urban dwellers could walk to a grocery store in less than 10 minutes. The Michigan researchers considered the quality of the produce by using the food inventories, all information that helped them map where fresh produce is abundant and where it is not.

Do you have a hard time finding fresh produce?

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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