How many Americans live in "food deserts," areas without access to healthy foods?
- As many as the population of Massachusetts (8% people answered this)
- As many as the population of Arizona (10% people answered this)
- As many as the population of Texas (34% people answered this)
- As many as the population of Florida (10% people answered this)
- As many as the population of New York (35% people answered this)
494 people answered.
Correct answer is: As many as the population of Texas
The USDA estimates that about 23.5 million Americans live in “food deserts” – that’s about the same number of people who live in Texas, the second most populous state in the nation.
Launched in Kingston, Jamaica in late 2012, Mind Gardens is a non-profit initiative started by Snoop Lion with the goal of establishing sustainable, organic community gardens that will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to school aged children in the community. Bringing these communities the proper tools and resources to cultivate their own nutritional alternatives not only makes for healthy bodies, but also healthy minds. With two gardens already underway, we need your help to spread the word, build more gardens and take this project worldwide. Together we can plant a seed, grow a garden, and change a life.
Food deserts are large geographic areas with little-to-no access to mainstream grocery stores. Residents of these underserved neighborhoods and communities do most of their shopping at nearby convenience stores – where healthy food is sparse and much more expensive than the average supermarket. The foods that are readily available – chips, sodas, fast-food – are mostly the kind of high-fat, sugary foods that lead to health problems like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. It's no wonder then, that residents of food deserts suffer these conditions disproportionately more than the average American.
The Mind Gardens project started in Jamaica, but it is taking on the growing problem of food deserts in America and beyond. Through community gardens, children living in low-income neighborhoods, far from the closest supermarket, can access fresh and healthy foods.
Take the pledge to support the Mind Gardens project. With your help the the project will grow, and so will our ability to tackle food accessibility problems in neighborhoods worldwide. Who knows, maybe 2013 is the year a Mind Garden is built in your neighborhood.