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Project title Food Deserts: Do they exist in your community?Science project video
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The term "food desert" refers to regions of a city that have a clear shortage or lack of fresh fruits and vegetables. Such areas normally have many fast food restaurants, liquor stores, and convenient stores but few, if any, grocery stores. Residents of such areas find it challenging to maintain a nutritious diet. Some studies that suggest that food deserts are a myth. In this science project, you will study the food inventory of local merchants, and then survey residents for their consumption habits -particularly of fresh foods versus processed foods. You will then conduct the same survey in other regions of the city that have a greater availability of fresh foods. 

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Select a commercial area within an urban community. You may want to use an arbitrary area of coverage such as an area covering five blocks. Check websites like Map Quest or Google Maps to assist you in getting information about the community. These websites are also helpful in determining distance between stores. Visit the food establishments located in the selected area and determine the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables. You should visit as many food establishments as possible within the selected city/area, in order to ensure that your data represents what is typical within the area. Note the .....
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