Health is wealth! Unfortunately, everyone does not have access to healthy food. We are facing a new apartheid, and this one deals with food access. The lack of access to healthy foods puts individuals at risk for more severe health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer, and sleep apnea all of which can lead to death. Areas that have high food inequality are areas that have high poverty rates, a deteriorating education system, and an overwhelming amount of food deserts. To solve the food apartheid crisis that is plaguing African Americans in the District of Columbia, we will use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data to measure the impact of the lack of grocery stores in communities of color that has experienced a steady decline in access to grocery stores. We will also research and review already existing curriculums to analyze whether or not schools are utilizing a comprehensive curriculum that incorporates food science into its structure, in order to develop a curriculum that is relatable as well as comprehensive for students of color. Unfortunately, there is little to no information of previous research using a similar methodology. There is also a lack of comprehensive research analyzing the role of public education as it relates to food access in communities of color. This ongoing study will provide a new and creative alternative to solving the food apartheid crisis plaguing communities of color.
Shakeara Mingo, Focused Vision Consulting, United States
Tiffany Brooks, Focused Vision Consulting, United States
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