Moving Beyond Food Deserts

Global Food Politics

food-desert-1John Bare, Vice President of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, published an interesting op-ed on the CNN website this morning, arguing that the food movement should banish the term “food desert” from its vocabulary. Bare contends that the emphasis on food deserts “focuses on diagnosis but not a cure” and that “The food desert diagnosis too easily turns into a cub used to beat families most in need. Being labeled a food desert makes a neighborhood undesirable, rather than a target of opportunity.” Instead, Bare argues that we should focus on the positives—construction of food oases—rather than on the negatives of food deserts.

In essence, Bare is presenting to key issues here. The first centers on what he sees as the excessive analysis of neighborhoods attempting to classify them as food deserts or not according to metrics established by the USDA. Bare’s solution here is a straightforward…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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