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The “food desert” concept missed the mark, sociologist argues

white man in white shirt, Ken Kolb
Ken Kolb

The concept of “food deserts,” which described the scarcity of grocery stores and other sources of healthy foods, was a popular target a decade ago for the cause of obesity in low-income neighborhoods. Now, Ken Kolb, professor of sociology at Furman, says food deserts were a red herring. In his new book, “Retail Inequality: Reframing the Food Desert Debate,” Kolb argues the problems are much more complicated. He writes about this in an essay on the website Talking Points Memo.

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