Researcher Questions Food Desert Findings

As we noted last week, a report has called into question the notion that food deserts exist in the US, suggesting that access to high quality food is much better in urban neighborhoods than previously thought.  Over at the Next American City, Ariella Cohen has an interview with food researcher Allison Karpyn in which she calls those research findings into question:

To start off, the Public Policy Institute of California study baseline sample size was 20,000. In the end, they could only analyze 7,000 because it was a longitudinal study and many of the children didn’t remain in the study sample. The authors admitted that the kids that stayed in the study were more likely to be of higher socio-economic status than the original baseline sample or more broadly, kids across America. The kids in the sample were more likely to come from dual-parent households, more likely to have parents with higher levels of education and more likely to be white.

She raises some other interesting points, which you can read here.


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