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

Full Book Description and Voucher Here

Coming end - 2016 Future Food Systems: An Ethical and Regulatory Perspective – explicating the issue of Supermarkets and Corporate Social Responsibility in the food chain

Click here to see how many people have visited this site, by country, annual figures from 1 December 2008

Click here to access papers requested via crit-geog forum.

©Shaw Food Solutions 2003 - 2015.  The material on this site is open access and may be freely cited, so long as www.fooddeserts.org is acknowledged as the source.

To help this website become more informative and useful for the community, please email any information or links you feel it might be useful include to hillshaw@aol.com for example food retail information, historical dates, economic data etc.

Click here to see our consultancy and mapping services

Part 1 - Food Deserts and Obesity

Try out our new Food Desert Finder ©2015.  Click here for the map (at present covers 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). 

What is a food desert

How did food deserts develop

Where are the food deserts

Measuring Food Deserts

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 London’s 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.

Obesity levels worldwide 

For medical effects of obesity, see The Consuming Geographies of Food: Diet, Food Deserts and Obesity, H Shaw, Routledge 2014

Part 2 - Food Retailing (back to top)

UK supermarket sales and profits

UK Supermarket market share

Tesco history

Non-Tesco history

Current issues (supermarkets)

 

Small food retailers

Post Offices

Non UK retailing, supermarkets and small shops, brief history of selected retailers

European countries

Asia, Africa, and the Americas

Part 3 - food retailing maps, UK (back to top)

Click here for INDEX MAP of UK, key to map numbers below.

 

 

 

 

 

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Click here for INDEX MAP of EUROPE, list of maps linked below.

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Utrecht

Brussels

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Key to maps; map symbols this links to a page explaining in more detail the map symbols shown on the maps.  For supermarket codes see supermarket code list

Part 4 –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 America’s GDP?  Which country locks up the most people?  Where are the world’s underground metro systems?  And much more......

Part 5a Historical Events by date (back to top) (100pp)

1 Jan 2000 - now

I Jan 1980 – 31 Dec 1999

1 Jan 1970 – 31 Dec 1979

1 Jan 1950 – 31 Dec 1969

1 Jan 1930 – 31 Dec 1949

 

1 Jan 1920 – 31 Dec 1929

1 Jan 1900 – 31 Dec 1919

1 Jan 1800  - 31 Dec 1899

1 Jan 1600 – 31 Dec 1799

Up to 31 Dec 1599

 

Part 5b Historical Events by subject (back to top) (60pp)


Countries / Regions


Afghanistan

Africa

Antarctica

Argentina

Australia

Bangladesh

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

China

Cyprus

Denmark

Eastern Europe

Egypt

EU & International Agencies

Finland

France & Germany to 31 Dec 1869

France & Germany from 1 Jan 1870

Great Britain to 31 January 1901

Great Britain from 1 February 1901

London

Greece

Iceland

India

Iran

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Korea

Luxembourg

Malta

Mongolia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Pakistan

Poland

Portugal

Roman Empire

Russia/USSR

South Africa

South & Central America

South East Asia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Turkey

USA

Physical World


Earthquakes

Weather Events

 

Religions


Christianity

Islam & Middle East

Judaism & Israel

Socio-economic


Economy & Prices

Education & Child

Food

Morals & Punishment

Racial Equality

Sport, Arts, Communications

Women’s Rights

 

 

Technology


Astronomy & Space

Medicine

Technology & Innovation

Transport


Aviation

Canal & Sea

Railways

Road Traffic

 

 

Part 6 - Global Economic Indicators (back to top)

Click here for a page linking to essential economic data for the world’s major national economies

 

Part 7- Google Earth changes over time (back to top)

152 sitesclick here for the co-ordinates

Part 8 – Non-permenant files (back to top)

Global GDP growth 2007-15

This website is owned and hosted by Shaw Food Solutions Ltd, registered in England no. 07406670

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Contact us at

Dr Hillary J Shaw: hshaw@fooddeserts.org or hillshaw@aol.com

Dr Julia J A Shaw: jshaw@dmu.ac.uk