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New study at the Georgia Cancer Center sheds light on the danger of “food swamps”
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Thank GOD that Lanier’s on Walton Way has added fresh produce to their store. It is within walking distance for many that shopped at the old Kroger on 15th Street.
Good to know!
Grocery stores in low-income, high-crime areas are hard to keep open. Hiring and retaining qualified, dependable employees is difficult. Shoplifting and employee theft reduce profits and endanger employees. Homeless people, panhandlers, and drug addicts on the property deter customers. Armed robbery, burglary, and assaults are more likely. Going to the 15th Street Kroger’s was always an eye-opening experience. And then there is this: https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2019/december/what-really-happens-when-a-grocery-store-opens-in-a–food-desert.html
IS there any chance these geniuses considered that the reason “food swamps” exist is that these are the areas with high demand for quick, easy unhealthy food options?
“The implications of food swamps became clear once we observed 77% higher odds of obesity-related cancer mortality for areas with higher concentration of unhealthy food options.” Correlation does not equal causation. The last time I checked, virtually all grocery stores, convenience stores, liquor stores, etc. are profit making organizations, and tend to locate where the demand exists – they don’t “cause” demand by locating in areas where demand does not exist.
Interesting that in this day and age where we are reminded everyday of how the earth’s climate is now being destroyed solely by human activity that a climate term like “desert” is so easily applied to a negative human circumstance so long as no mention whatsoever is made of the human activity responsible for the blighted and desolate “desert” to develop.
As if same nameless faceless forces that created the dangerous “deserts” of places like Death Valley, are now busily about the business of creating dangerous “food deserts”
And human activity having playing no role in transforming what was once a Kroger oasis into ” food desert” what can they do except fall prostrate in the middle of the desert.
In this summed up resignation void of all responsibility , nothing people ever did is responsible for creating the food “desert” therefore no requirement to stand upon two feet and accept a personal challenge is part of this nation’s now ubiquitous fireless solution for everything of ” DO SOMETHING” rather than “BE SOMETHING”
We DESPERATELY need a good grocery store close to downtown. The closest grocery store is in another state!