By using GIS technology, two Michigan State University professors are showing how urban residents are losing access to fresh produce and balanced nutrition through developed interactive maps.
Phil Howard, assistant professor of community, agriculture, recreation and resource studies, and Kirk Goldsberry, assistant professor of geography, conducted their research in Lansing, Michigan. The researchers found that many supermarkets have closed their stores that serve urban areas and have moved to the suburbs. The professors also showed that Michigan’s state capital is a model for what’s happening to food environments around the country.
“The change in food environments is recurring all over the nation,” said Howard. “The best selection of produce and the lowest prices have moved to the suburbs.”
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