While Allan made a good point I was mostly interested in the point Sarah Kliff’s article made. Sure you put a grocery store inside of a low-income neighborhood but does it really change the eating habits of the neighborhood? Personally I wouldn’t go so far as to say that food deserts do not exist at all but I do think that just because there is a grocery store in a low-income neighborhood does not mean everyone will suddenly change their eating habits or be able to offer the healthy options they might offer. Notice the word “might” because while the store will sell healthier options (that unfortunately are usually higher in price) if there isn’t enough demand or stock stays on the shelf for long periods of time then a store will end up eliminating options that have no demand behind them in order to cut costs and save money. This means that even if they start out with a lot of healthier options eventually the store will just sell what they know they can make a profit on. So how do we change what people prefer? Quite honestly we can’t and there’s no way to force someone to eat healthier, in the end it is their body and their life. Which means I think to solve the problem of malnourishment Allan mentions it’s going to take a lot more than putting a few grocery stores in some low-income areas. It’s going to take a mixture of education, lowering prices, and time.
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