Infographic: Food Access In America

Why You Have No Excuse Not to Cook More

In yesterday’s New York Times article, “Chop, Fry, Boil: Eating for One, or Six Billion,” Mark Bittman pointed out that fewer and fewer Americans eat home-cooked meals, partially due to their lack of access to good food. He brushes off the idea of food deserts — areas where there’s no access to fresh food for miles — as a poor excuse for laziness at the stove, stating that  “although there certainly are urban and rural pockets where people have little access to fresh food, about 90 percent of American households own cars, and anyone who can drive to McDonald’s can drive to a supermarket.” But according to the infographic above, there are 2.3 million Americans living without a car and without a supermarket within a one-mile radius.

The interactive map, prepared by Slate, shows counties where the highest concentration of people don’t have a car and don’t have access to supermarkets within a mile. Most of those areas are in Appalachia, the Deep South, and on Indian reservations, where the populations are more likely to be obese and suffer other adverse side effects of eating dinner at the kwik-e-mart.

Most of us (Blisstree staffers included) complain about the time constraints that keep us from getting to our kitchens for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but this infographic makes our obstacles seem pathetic by comparison. Next time you feel too lazy to cook, or hear yourself complaining about how gross you feel because of all the takeout you’ve “had” to eat, be thankful that there’s a grocery store around the corner from your house. And use it.

via GOOD and Slate

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