Food Retailer Licensing: An Innovative Approach to Increasing Access to Healthful Foods

Abstract

Imagine walking into your neighborhood food retailer and finding that the dairy section has no skim milk (although sodas are plentiful) and that the only fresh produce offered is potatoes and limes. This is the reality for many urban and rural low-income Americans, whose only nearby “grocery store” is a mini-mart or corner store that is primarily stocked with processed foods high in fat and sugar. More than 2 million people live in low-income rural areas where the nearest supermarket is more than 10 miles away, and 116 million Americans must travel more than a mile, often without a car, to find a supermarket (1,2).

DOI: 10.5888/pcd9.120127

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@inproceedings{McLaughlin2012FoodRL, title={Food Retailer Licensing: An Innovative Approach to Increasing Access to Healthful Foods}, author={Ian McLaughlin and Karen Kramer}, booktitle={Preventing chronic disease}, year={2012} }