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

Any feedback or comments on this website are welcome – please email them to hillshaw@aol.com

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).  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.

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

Part 2 - UK Supermarket development (back to top)

UK supermarket sales and profits. (26 April 2015).  Annual financial figures for UK grocery retailers.

Non-Tesco - UK Supermarket timelines and store numbers (26 April 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.

UK Supermarket market share, and size of total UK grocery market (11 March 2015)

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

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

Part 3  UK small shops (back to top)

Current trends and issues in food retailing, for UK small shops (26 April 2015)

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

Part 4 - 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 (1 December 2014)

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

Part 5 - 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 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 America’s GDP?  Which country locks up the most people?  Where are the world’s underground metro systems?  And much more......

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

Part 7a Historical Events by date (back to top) (100pp)

Click here for events 1 January 2000 – present (26 April 2015)

Click here for events 1 January 1980 –31 December 1999 (26 April 2015)

Click here for events 1 January 1950 – 31 December 1979 (26 April 2015)

Click here for events 1 January 1930 – 31 December 1949 (26 April 2015)

Click here for events 1 January 1900  - 31 December 1929 (26 April 2015)

Click here for events 1 January 1800 – 31 December 1899 (26 April 2015)

Click here for events 1 January 1600 – 31 December 1799 (26 April 2015)

Click here for events up to 31 December 1599 (26 April 2015)

Part 7b Historical Events by subject (back to top) (60pp)


Countries / Regions


Afghanistan – see Iran

Africa (updated 26 April 2015)

Antarctica – see Australia

Argentina – see South America

Australia (updated 26 April 2015)

Bangladesh – see India

Belgium – see Benelux

Benelux (26 April 2015)

Brazil – see South America

Canada (1 December 2014)

China, Japan, Korea (26 April 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, 1/1/1870 - now (inc. World Wars in Europe) (26 April 2015)

France & Germany, 31/12/1869 and earlier  (26 April 2015)

Germany – see France

Great Britain (26 April 2015)

London (11 March 2015 )

Greece, Turkey, Cyprus (26 April 2015)

Iceland – see Scandinavia

Indian subcontinent (26 April 2015)

Iran & Afghanistan (26 April 2015)

Ireland (26 April 2015)

Israel – see Judaism, below (religions)

Italy and Malta (26 April 2015)

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 (26 April 2015)

Scandinavia & Iceland (11 March 2015)

South Africa (11 March 2015)

South & Central America (26 April 2015)

South East Asia (26 April 2015)

Spain & Portugal  (26 April 2015)

Sweden – see Scandinavia

Switzerland (16 October 2014)

USA (26 April 2015)

Turkey – see Greece


Physical World


Earthquakes (26 April 2015)

Weather Events (26 April 2015)


Religions


Christianity (26 April 2015)

Islam & Middle East (26 April 2015)

Judaism & Israel (26 April 2015)


Socio-economic


Economy & Prices (26 April 2015)

Education & Child (11 March 2015)

Food (26 April 2015)

Morals & Punishment (26 April 2015)

Racial Equality  (26 April 2015)

Sports, Arts and Communications (26 April 2015)

Women’s Rights (26 April 2015)


Technology


Astronomy & Space (26 April 2015)

Medicine (26 April 2015)

Technology & Innovation (26 April 2015)


Transport


Aviation (26 April 2015)

Canal & Sea (26 April 2015)

Railways (26 April 2015)

Road Traffic (11 March 2015)


Part 8- Global Economic Indicators (back to top)

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

 

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 (20 September 2014) 147 sites listed here – click here for the co-ordinates

Part 10- related sites (back to top)

Useful web links (11 March 2015)

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©Shaw Food Solutions 2003 - 2014.  The material on this site is open access and may be freely cited, so long as www.fooddeserts.org is acknowledged as the source.

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

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