Food Deserts: Do they exist in your community?
The concept of food deserts or "islands" has been challenged by a study by the RAND Corporation (see the bibliography section). Conflicting results of studies on the validity of the existence of food deserts may perhaps be due to methodology. Findings by the RAND study actually indicate that there are more grocery stores in urban areas than in non-urban areas. These results may be due to methodology. Questions raised over past studies include how these studies sampled communities, businesses, and resident dietary habits. Some studies may have taken results from certain communities and extrapolated these results for larger parts of the country. Additionally, smaller corner grocery stores may have not been included in the study.
This science fair project involves taking surveys within urban communities. Adult supervision or working with a partner is recommended.