Food desert is one of the jarring terms for describing the lowered expectations marking life in suburbia during a time of contraction and economic weirdness. It refers to the difficulty in acquiring good, fresh, reasonably priced and varied food in a way not overly moderated by automobiles. For lower income people and the elderly this can get kind of awkward. Smaller towns outside the city and densely populated urban areas often host farmer’s markets and other food sources not found in suburbs where the groceries come home via the big-box-store-and-a-highway interface. Another feature of life not much considered as the Great Recession rolls along and things continue to change. At the link below there is an item relating to Vancouver, British Columbia. The author’s concerns about food deserts can translate to many, many more places of course.
Poor and elderly stranded in westside food deserts Vancouver Sun