According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, food deserts are "areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet."
This lack of access can be caused by a lack of grocery stores selling produce in the area, lack of convenient or frequent public transportation routes to produce sellers, and a lack of farmers' markets or community gardens in the area.
Current government data reveals the number of food deserts in the United States are many. Advocates of community gardening and food justice see community gardens as a way to bring healthy foods to the communities living in these food deserts.
- Compilation from UIUC Horticulture LibGuide
The following websites provide further details on Food Deserts. Search for additional articles in the recommended library databases section of this guide.