Definition of food desert in US English:

food desert


  • An urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food.

    ‘many poor people live in food deserts—where they have plenty of food but none of it healthy’
    • ‘The people who live in a food desert, therefore, have no choice but to eat unhealthily.’
    • ‘We find whole food deserts where people are unable to access the food that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.’
    • ‘You know, some people have called Detroit a food desert, where it's easier to buy liquor than lettuce.’
    • ‘There are food deserts all over Britain, in rural as well as urban areas.’
    • ‘Particularly lacking in a food desert are fresh comestibles: all food available is processed or precooked, full of salt and the worst kind of fat, and lacking in vital ingredients.’
    • ‘In addition, the editorial in that special issue raises some important points about the assumption despite a lack of empirical evidence that food deserts existed throughout the 1990s.’
    • ‘His goal is to teach community how to grow their own food, especially in spots he calls food deserts.’
    • ‘That leaves food deserts in poor neighborhoods.’
    • ‘Experts call the city a food desert: More than half of its residents must travel at least twice as far to reach the nearest grocery store as they do to a fast-food restaurant or convenience store.’
    • ‘The Social Exclusion Unit's report gave no supporting evidence for the assertion that some urban areas of the United Kingdom had become food deserts.’
    • ‘I read something about a project set up by a bunch of people living in such a food desert to bulk buy fairtrade and organic food and sell it via a mobile grocery van that would do a circuit of the big estates.’
    • ‘Learning that our community was somewhat of a "food desert" was a real eye opener.’
    • ‘Building supermarkets in underserved neighborhood or so-called food deserts is not enough to improve the diets of people living there.’
    • ‘This summer, the social problem in need of fixing is the tragedy of the "food desert."’
    • ‘In New York City, where perhaps 750,000 people inhabit food deserts, officials are just beginning to find ways to help.’
    • ‘The reality is that many poor people in Britain are trapped in what sociologists call "food deserts".’
    • ‘This web site presents findings from a research student project on food deserts.’
    • ‘Bringing fruit and peas and farm eggs to the cities' food deserts sounds like the right campaign for a strong first lady trying to make a healthy difference.’
    • ‘Of course, the real - that is to say, ultimate - cause of food deserts is modern capitalism.’
    • ‘A typical food desert might consist of a large estate of low income families - thus requiring expensive taxi rides to do large family-sized shops, or expecting a parent with two or three kids to manage six bags of shopping onto a bus which may take an hour or more across a large city.’