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Title: Exploring rural food insecurity in North Carolina: Debunking an urban myth
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has utilized the term food desert to highlight regions within low-income communities located far from fresh and healthy sources of food such as supermarkets and farmers markets. Most research on food deserts has revolved around urban areas, which bring about other considerations such as sidewalks, pedestrian access, rideshares, and public transportation, typically not viable options in rural regions. Rural food insecurity is also a problem in North Carolina. Utilizing data provided by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Access Atlas, this paper explored if and to what extent rural food insecurity exists, with findings showing 1) a higher percentage of people living in rural areas live in food insecurity compared to non-rural areas 2) counties in the eastern part of the state are more prone to food insecurity and 3) racial, ethnic minorities, as well as the young (age under 17), are more subjected to food insecurity compared to the majority and older cohorts. This research highlights the need for a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of rural food security that transcends the economic, cultural, and sociological reasons of differential food access with long-term health outcomes that have multi-generational consequences.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
1824949
NSF-PAR ID:
10347662
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Date Published:
Journal Name:
Sociation today
Volume:
20
Issue:
2
ISSN:
1542-6300
Page Range / eLocation ID:
40-50
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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