Food Deserts. Contributing Factors and Evolution

Essay 2015 6 Pages

Geography / Earth Science - Demographics, Urban Management, Planning




Factors contributing to food deserts

Evolution of inflation and cultural diversity


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The provision of food is a going concern activity that has to remain and made a conditioned reflex action. Agriculture plays a crucial role in ensuring that citizens of a particular state have enough food that can sustain their lives. Starvation is a nutritional disorder that is mostly likely to occur if there are scarce food commodities edible goods. The supply of food and especially in the big towns is a significant challenge that many nations suffer and especially the developed states such as the United States of America. The result of inadequate food supply and especially in the urban centers contributes to food desertification.

Factors contributing to food deserts

The development of the economy in the US can to a significant extent, get associated with the alarming food desert in the country. Large numbers of people living in urban centres lack enough food to feed themselves. One of the key forces contributing to the declined food production exercise is the extent to which inflation has affected the state. The impact of inflation gets felt by the farmers who participate in commercial food production to for supply in the large markets. It eventually leads to an increased cost of production thereby lowering the profit margin. Due to the declined profitability of venturing in the agricultural activities many people end up abstaining and; therefore, investment in other income generating businesses (Wrigley, Pg, 2029-2040). The consequences of these become felt in urban centres with the highest population indices of the US economy. These people do not have any means to produce food as they actively involve themselves in other business. The resultant issue becomes the fact that the general prices of the vegetables, fruits, grains and other foodstuffs have to rise since the supply is too small to cater for the high demand experienced. Many people end up starving because they may have money but lack a place to buy food. It becomes a painful exercise and people end up getting forced to look for alternative methods of ensuring they have mechanisms of surviving.

The regime in power in different parts of the world results in the creation of a food desert. It becomes so as many politicians tend to concentrate their resources on their target areas. Many politicians focus on the numbers but not the productivity a person can contribute towards ensuring that food creation is enhanced. They end up spending most of the countries resources in developing the people in the urban centres who are not farmers while having little or no attention to the population in the rural areas. It, therefore, means that they people living in the cities will have little food to feed on as the producers lack the basic skills and education on how best to produce. The result of this is that an urban food desert has to arise as the farmers are incompetent to embrace modern agricultural techniques in their production exercises. The laws set by different governments that come to power have at times led retardation in the generation food activity. A change in law may render a particular action illegal thereby inhibiting any further progress of the business. Some laws put a barrier to the production of some food stuff or at times impose high taxations on people willing to enter in the agricultural sector with a business motive targeting the urban centers. As a result, the number of food producers ends up getting low thereby creating a void in the market that lead to many people suffering (Apparicio, Philippe, Marie, and Richard, Pg4).

Socialization, cultural and demographic factors are too among the key contributes of food deserts in major towns such as Chicago among other great US cities. In the earlier days, people used to live together and clustered in accordance to the homogeneity of the characteristics they shared. The population and the pressure on the available land were less meant as space was not a big issue. In the early 20th century, a change in the people’s lifestyles led to a migration of some people to towns while other had to travel abroad to search for any new means of survival. The birth rate was also getting high compared to the death rate, and this meant that the available land for cultivation was getting lesser and lesser. The change in the people’s attitude on agriculture played a role in the shift of many people from agricultural to business activities. Many people realized that farmers tired a lot than the food stuff brokers who made more profits compared to the people who got actively involved in the food production exercise. Due to this new aspect of many people becoming business oriented, the only few people who actively engaged themselves in the agricultural sector could not sustain the high number that was living in the urban cities (Morton, Lois, and Troy, Pg, 1-10). It, therefore, caused these people to suffer and reschedule their feeding habits because despite the fact that they had the cash to purchase the food they required, the quantities supplied in the markets were insufficient to sustain them. The consequence of this was an alarming rate of disease dominance as the immune system of the people living in towns became so weak that it could not resist any infections. The result of this got geared by the poor qualities and quantities that the urban inhabits fed on during their regular meals.



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Title: Food Deserts. Contributing Factors and Evolution