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Investigating Food Deserts

Investigating Food Deserts | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Are there areas in your community where it's hard to find fresh fruits and vegetables? Let's investigate by visiting grocery stores and surveying residents in both urban and non-urban areas.


The hypothesis is that there are more grocery stores in urban areas than in non-urban areas.

Method & Materials

You will select a commercial area within an urban community, visit the food establishments located in the selected area, determine the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables, approximate what percentage of the total store inventory is devoted to fresh foods versus processed foods, and survey residents. You will also repeat these steps with a non-urban community.
You will need a survey, a notepad, internet access, and transportation.


The results of the two communities were compared in respects of the availability of fresh foods and consumption of fresh foods. The observation that stands out is that there are more grocery stores in urban areas than in non-urban areas.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it challenges the concept of food deserts and investigates the validity of the existence of food deserts.

Also Consider

Variations of this project include surveying residents about their dietary habits and investigating the distance between grocery stores.

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