It is always tempting to look for silver bullet solutions to social justice challenges - in everything from education reform to obesity reduction. Two new studies are challenging the widely accepted food justice notion that food deserts are the primary drivers of obesity. This article dissects these studies and discuses the myriad of potential causes of the rising health disparity between low and high income Americans, ending with - "Here’s what we do know, now: Obesity and its causes are varied and complex, but many of them involve a lack ofaccess—whether to healthy foods, exercise, time, or funds. There’s no silver bullet solution to solving the obesity/poverty link—it’s going to take a comprehensive approach to bulldoze the barriers to healthy eating." This thinking is critical to the success of for-profit social ventures and is at the heart of Fresh Takes Kitchen's collaborative, customer need-driven solution.
Article Excerpt: Beyond the Food Desert: Why We Can't Get Healthy Foods in Poor Communities. California’s Public Policy Institute published a study in March revealing that not only do poor neighborhoods contain more fast-food restaurants and corner stores than affluent ones, these communities hold nearly twice as many supermarkets per square mile as wealthier locales.