“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.
Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Missouri, is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
The small town of Labadie is about 35 miles west of St. Louis. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
This diagram is an excerpt of “figure 1” from Ameren’s “Detailed Site Investigation,” showing the location of the company’s proposed coal ash landfill. (Ameren Missouri website)
Shift supervisor Jim Dean stands in front of one of the Labadie power plant’s four turbines. He has worked at the plant since 1976. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
A diagram of Ameren’s proposed landfill site. (Ameren Missouri)
The approximate locations of drinking water wells in Franklin County. (Map created for the Labadie Environmental Organization based on Missouri Department of Natural Resources well location data)
Ameren has already purchased 1,100 acres of agricultural land next to its power plant in Labadie and plans to build a 400 acre coal ash landfill on the site. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
Front Street is Labadie's “Main Street." (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
Fourteen dedicated trains make the seven-day trip from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to bring coal to Ameren’s power plant in Labadie. The plant burns two train loads of coal every day. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
Recently, a kangaroo joey, then a rhino calf were born at the St. Louis Zoo. Now, adding to its collection of new little residents, the latest arrival is a Coquerel’s sifaka, an endangered lemur species from Madagascar.
The baby was born at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Primate House on Jan. 9, 2011.