A new Internet-based mapping tool pinpoints the location of what the U.S. government calls “food deserts.”

The online Food Desert Locator, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS), was unveiled Monday.

Simply put, food deserts are areas where people have limited access to affordable and nutritious foods.

Under the …

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that the agency was awarding grants to end hunger in America.  

According to a press release, USDA will invest in research, planning, and other hunger-relief activities through the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008–or Farm Bill, which includes authorization for $5 million in funding …

Residents of urban food deserts, typically low income neighborhoods, have to deal with limited healthy food choices, in addition to perhaps more obvious disadvantages of life there.  A food desert is generally defined as a location where residents have to travel twice as far to get to the nearest supermarket as their peers in wealthier …

On Monday Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) introduced legislation to combat ‘food deserts’ prevalent throughout urban and rural communities across the United States.

fresh-produce4-featured.jpgA food desert is a large and isolated geographic area where mainstream grocery stores and access to fresh produce are absent or distant.  The legislation would invest $1…