Mapping Food Deserts in New Orleans

New Orleans has only one supermarket for every 350,000 residents, and they are often in locations that are more than a mile from where low-income residents live, writes Rosa Ramirez.
July 8, 2012, 9am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Ramirez, a student journalist at the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, got much of her information from a study by a group called SocialCompact. The study looked at examined 73 New Orleans neighborhoods, and "nearly 40 of those neighborhoods didn't have a supermarket," reports Ramirez:

"Researchers have said the lack of vegetables, dairy and other fresh foods in neighborhood stores contributes to a poor diet, obesity and diet-related diseases. Louisiana ranks fifth in the nation for the percentage of obese residents and has the highest rate in the country of deaths from diabetes."

A supermarket analyst interviewed by Ramirez said that New Orleans is "a very understored market."

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Published on Sunday, July 8, 2012 in NEWS21
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