Food Research and Action Center, December 2011
Healthy eating is important to maintaining healthy lives (read more about healthy eating and its connection to obesity), yet healthy eating is not always as simple as it should be. Many supermarkets, restaurants and fast food chains sell high calorie processed foods, and access to fresh fruits and vegetables can be difficult, especially in food deserts where the nearest grocery might be miles away.
Fortunately, there has been a recent explosion in interest in the food we eat – from its origins, to its production methods, to its relationship to our health. This has led to a growth in healthy and sustainable food production and consumption, through an expansion of backyard and urban gardens, local farmers’ markets, and community supported agriculture, which has resulted in healthier items on the menu. Our communities will see direct health benefits from increased access to healthy food.