National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Food Deserts
6:35 am
Mon February 28, 2011

"Food deserts" and nutrition: a Q&A with USDA's Roger Beachy

The Old North St. Louis Grocery Co-op brings fresh, local produce to an underserved neighborhood of the city. (Art Chimes)
(Art Chimes)

“Food deserts” – places without access to fresh produce and other healthy foods – continue to be a problem throughout the U.S.

Here in St. Louis, the Old North Grocery Co-op opened last summer, in an effort to increase healthy food options in an underserved part of the city. It’s the first co-op in Missouri to serve a predominantly low-income neighborhood.

The director of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy was in St. Louis recently visiting the Old North co-op and discussing the issue of nutrition.

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