Welcome to the Food Desert Website
Feeling hungry? No proper food in the house? Can't face that trek to the shops? Tempted by a burger and some chips from the local takeaway, or a chocolate bar, but it's not really healthy, is it? You may be living in a food desert. The food desert website tells you all about food deserts, why they affect everybody, the links to globalisation and social exclusion, and how the effects of food deserts may be alleviated or eliminated.
New book on Food Deserts now available! The Consuming Geographies of Food: Diet, Food Deserts and Obesity - the only book explicating the food desert phenomenon, how food deserts originated, why they exist, how they can be alleviated, links to obesity, the implications for global food security available at all good bookshops from May 2014
Coming end - 2016 Future Food Systems: An Ethical and Regulatory Perspective explicating the issue of Supermarkets and Corporate Social Responsibility in the food chain
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Part 1 - Food Deserts and Obesity
NEW !! Try out our new Food Desert Finder ©2013. Click here for the map (25 February 2013) (at present covers mid Wales and Midlands to be extended soon). This map shows which areas, by distance, are Food Oases (500 metres from a fruit and vegetable shop), which are Food Savannahs (500 1,000 metres) and which are food deserts (over 1,000 metres from a fruit and vegetable shop).
Obesity map of London extract for Hampstead to Lea Valley. This map shows % obesity levels for 12-year-olds in 2011/12 at the MLSOA level. MLSOAs (see www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk) are census areas with population ca. 7,000. Note the strong association between low obesity in prosperous areas (Hampstead) and higher obesity in more deprived areas (Lea Valley). Also note the higher levels of obesity in London compared to England, despite Londons overall wealth. The whole of England and Wales is being mapped at this level giving a very detailed picture of local obesity levels. Also coming soon, socio-demographic maps of England and Wales at the MLSOA level.
What is a food desert (27 July 2010) Original use of the term 'desert' in an urban context, 1990s definitions of 'food desert', food deserts as seen in other countries.
How did food deserts develop (18 May 2009) Development of grocery shopping in the UK from the 17th century (see Part 4 UK small shops) for the most recent developments concerning the independent retailing sector. Links to economic, technological, social, and political / planning factors that have impacted on the UK grocery retail sector during this period
Where are the food deserts (5 August 2013)? Welcome to Desertia City, see what sorts of places may be food deserts - do you live in one? See pictures of typical food desert areas.
Measuring Food Deserts (27 July 2010) quantifying their extent and intensity. See this page for distance-to-food-retail measures, and changes over time.
See our consultancy and mapping services here (updated 11 March 2015)
Obesity levels worldwide (11 March 2015)
For medical effects of obesity, see The Consuming Geographies of Food: Diet, Food Deserts and Obesity, H Shaw, Routledge 2014
Table of Food Desert Research - 248 food access - related articles listed here (3 April 2014)
Part 2 - UK Supermarket development (back to top)
UK supermarket sales and profits. (11 March 2015). Annual financial figures for UK grocery retailers.
Non-Tesco - UK Supermarket timelines and store numbers (11 March 2015). Details key events, such as takeovers, new product development, new area penetration, in the development of UK grocery retailers, and the number of outlets operated in various years.
Tesco - Supermarket timelines and store numbers (11 March 2015). Details key events, such as takeovers, new product development, new area penetration, in the development of UK grocery retailers, and the number of outlets operated in various years.
See also PART XII, World Socio-Demographic Data Maps, below
Part 3 UK small shops (back to top)
Current trends in Post Offices, as relating to small shops (15 May 2011)
Part 4 - World (non-UK) grocery retailing. (back to top)
European countries (6 December 2013)
Countries from Asia, Africa, and the Americas (1 December 2014)
See also PART XII, World Socio-Demographic Data Maps, below
Click here for page linking to retail / food desert maps, UK and non-UK
Click here for INDEX MAP of UK - has your area been mapped yet?
Click here for INDEX MAP of EUROPE
If you need an area mapped, or previously-mapped area updated, with precise locational data of small shops, supermarkets, markets, ethnic-minority-oriented shops and more, please contact Dr Hillary Shaw (contact details below).
Part 6 World Socio-Demographic Data Maps (back to top)
Click here for index page linking to world socio-demographic maps find out which country had TV first? Which country has caught up most with Americas GDP? Which country locks up the most people? Where are the worlds underground metro systems? And much more......
Now see the 3-colour dimensional world maps; compare and contrast the national rankings, for all world countries, of three different socio-economic indicators simultaneously.
Click here for events 1 January 2000 present (11 March 2015)
Click here for events 1 January 1980 31 December 1999 (11 March 2015)
Click here for events 1 January 1950 31 December 1979 (11 March 2015)
Click here for events 1 January 1930 31 December 1949 (11 March 2015)
Click here for events 1 January 1900 - 31 December 1929 (11 March 2015)
Click here for events 1 January 1800 31 December 1899 (11 March 2015)
Click here for events 1 January 1600 31 December 1799 (11 March 2015)
Click here for events up to 31 December 1599 (11 March 2015)
Countries / Regions
Afghanistan see Iran
Africa (updated 1 December 2014)
Antarctica see Australia
Argentina see South America
Australia (updated 1 December 2014)
Bangladesh see India
Belgium see Benelux
Benelux (5 November 2014)
Brazil see South America
Canada (1 December 2014)
China, Japan, Korea (11 March 2015)
Cyprus see Greece
Denmark see Scandinavia
Eastern Europe (1 December 2014)
Egypt (5 November 2014)
European Union & International Agencies (11 March 2015)
Finland see Scandinavia
France & Germany (European events of World Wars I, II, here) (11 March 2015)
Germany see France
Great Britain (11 March 2015)
London (11 March 2015 )
Greece, Turkey, Cyprus (11 March 2015)
Iceland see Scandinavia
Indian subcontinent (11 March 2015)
Iran & Afghanistan (1 December 2014)
Ireland (1 December 2014)
Israel see Judaism, below (religions)
Italy and Malta (1 December 2014)
Japan see China
Korea see China
Luxembourg see Benelux
Malta see Italy
Mongolia see Russia
Netherlands see Benelux
New Zealand see Australia
Norway see Scandinavia
Pakistan see India
Poland (1 December 2014)
Portugal see Spain
Roman Empire (11 March 2015)
Russia/USSR & Mongolia (1 December 2014)
Scandinavia & Iceland (11 March 2015)
South Africa (11 March 2015)
South & Central America (1 December 2014)
South East Asia (11 March 2015)
Spain & Portugal (1 December 2014)
Sweden see Scandinavia
Switzerland (16 October 2014)
USA (11 March 2015)
Turkey see Greece
Christianity (11 March 2015)
Islam & Middle East (1 December 2014)
Judaism & Israel (1 December 2014)
Economy & Prices (11 March 2015)
Education & Child (11 March 2015)
Food (11 March 2015)
Morals & Punishment (11 March 2015)
Racial Equality (11 March 2015)
Sports, Arts and Communications (1 December 2014)
Womens Rights (16 October 2014)
Aviation (11 March 2015)
Canal & Sea (11 March 2015)
Railways (11 March 2015)
Road Traffic (11 March 2015)
Click here for a page linking to essential economic data for the worlds major national economies
OK, this doesnt have a lot to do with Food Deserts, but still interesting (20 September 2014) 147 sites listed here click here for the co-ordinates
Useful web links (11 March 2015)
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