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

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

Part 1 - What are Food Deserts and How to Measure Them?

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).  More to come on socio-economic factors and food deserts.

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

Part 2 - Combating obesity and improving diet (back to top)

Obesity figures for the UK (11 February  2014) Definition of obesity, obesity and social factors, and the financial costs of obesity and poor diet

Obesity, causes and medical effects (1 May 2012) the biology of obesity, and its medical effects and links to disease

Obesity levels worldwide (non-UK) (3 April 2014)

Table of Food Desert Research  - 248 food access - related articles listed here (3 April 2014) .....If you know of a publication that you would like to appear in this section, please email Dr Hillary Shaw (hshaw@fooddeserts.org)  or hillshaw@aol.com), with a copy of the article if possible

Part 3 - UK Supermarket development (back to top)

UK supermarket sales and profits. (11 February 2014).  Annual financial figures for UK grocery retailers.

Non-Tesco - UK Supermarket timelines and store numbers (6 December 2013).  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 (6 December 2013).  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.

UK Supermarket market share, and size of total UK grocery market (3 April 2014)

Current trends and issues in food retailing, for supermarkets (6 December 2013)

See also PART XII, World Socio-Demographic Data Maps, below

Part 4  UK small shops (back to top)

Current trends and issues in food retailing, for UK small shops ( 6 December 2013)

Current trends in Post Offices, as relating to small shops (15 May 2011)

Part 5 - World (non-UK) grocery retailing. (back to top)

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

European countries (6 December 2013)

Countries from Asia, Africa, and the Americas (11 February 2014)

See also PART XII, World Socio-Demographic Data Maps, below

Part 6 - food retailing maps, UK (back to top)

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

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

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 7 –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......

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 explanation of maps

Click here for index page linking to the 3-C-D maps

Part 8a Historical Events by date (back to top)

Click here for events 1 January 1980 – present

Click here for events 1 January 1950 – 31 December 1979

Click here for events 1 January 1930 – 31 December 1949

Click here for events 1 January 1900  - 31 December 1929

Click here for events 1 January 1800 – 31 December 1899

Click here for events 1 January 1600 – 31 December 1799

Click here for events up to 31 December 1599

Part 8b Historical Events by subject (back to top)

Unlinked  subjects yet to be uploaded – coming soon !!

Countries


China, Japan, Korea

Ireland

Israel & Judaism

Roman Empire

Russia/USSR

South Africa

USA


Physical World


Earthquakes

Weather Events


Religions


Christianity

Islam

Judaism & Israel


Socio-economic


Earthquakes

Economy & Prices

Education & Child

Food

Race Equality

Morals

Women’s Rights


Technology


Astronomy & Space

Chemistry

Medicine

Physics


Transport


Aviation

Railways

Road Traffic


Part 9- Global Economic Indicators (back to top)

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

This link takes you to a page where you will find graphs showing trends in principal economic indicators (e.g. retail price inflation, unemployment, GDP growth) for the world’s largest economies, from 1982 to the present day. 

Part 9- Google Earth changes over time (back to top)

OK, this doesn’t have a lot to do with Food Deserts, but still interesting (11 February 2014) 146 sites listed hereclick here for the co-ordinates

Part 10- related sites (back to top)

Useful web links (22 August 2009)

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

©Shaw Food Solutions 2003 - 2012.  The material on this site is open access and may be freely cited, so long as www.fooddeserts.org is acknowledged as the source.

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding this site, please contact the Directors of Shaw Food Solutions Ltd,

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

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