By Amanda Vender

Doctors and nutrition experts recommend that people eat plenty of fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables and whole grains every day. However, we do not all have the same ability to find these foods. How well we eat often depends on where we live. And where we live depends on how much money we have.

A Yale University report from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, fall 2008 says “low-income people, minorities, and rural residents suffer the highest rates of preventable, diet-related diseases linked to insufficient consumption of healthy foods.”

According to the report, some reasons why some residents aren’t getting enough healthy foods include:

  1. Low-income areas don’t have as many supermarkets and grocery stores as middle and high-income neighborhoods.
  2. Stores in low-income neighborhoods have fewer healthy items and have lower-quality fresh
    fruits and vegetables.
  3. If they are available, fresh foods in low-income areas are unaffordable.
  4. There is a lack of public transportation to supermarkets so people have a hard time getting to them.

Many people feel that access to healthy food is a human right that the government should protect. What do you think?