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 - 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.
Obesity levels worldwide (19 July 2014)
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. (19 July 2014). Annual financial figures for UK grocery retailers.
Non-Tesco - UK Supermarket timelines and store numbers (19 July 2014). 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 (19 July 2014). 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 (11 February 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 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 events 1 January 1980 – present (updated 19 July 2014)
Click here for events 1 January 1950 – 31 December 1979 (updated 4 August 2014)
Click here for events 1 January 1930 – 31 December 1949 (updated 4 August 2014)
Click here for events 1 January 1900 - 31 December 1929 (updated 4 August 2014)
Click here for events 1 January 1800 – 31 December 1899 (updated 4 August 2014)
Click here for events 1 January 1600 – 31 December 1799 (updated 4 August 2014)
Click here for events up to 31 December 1599 (updated 4 August 2014)
Unlinked subjects yet to be uploaded – coming soon !!
Antarctica – see Australia
Australia (updated 4 August 2014)
China, Japan, Korea (updated 4 August 2014)
Cyprus – see Greece
Denmark – see Scandinavia
Finland – see Scandinavia
France & Germany (European events of World Wars One, Two, here) (updated 4 August 2014)
Germany – see France
Great Britain (updated 4 August 2014)
Greece, Turkey, Cyprus (updated 4 August 2014)
Iceland – see Scandinavia
Israel & Judaism (updated 4 August 2014)
Italy and Malta (updated 4 August 2014)
Japan – see China
Korea – see China
Malta – see Italy
New Zealand – see Australia
Norway – see Scandinavia
Scandinavia & Iceland (updated 4 August 2014)
Sweden – see Scandinavia
USA (updated 4 August 2014)
Turkey – see Greece
Morals & Punishment (updated 4 August 2014)
Racial Equality & Decolonisation
Sports, Arts and Communications (updated 4 August 2014)
Women’s Rights (updated 19 July 2014)
Astronomy & Space (updated 19 July 2014)
Medicine (updated 4 August 2014)
Technology & Innovation (updated 4 August 2014)
Aviation (updated 4 August 2014)
Canal & Sea (updated 4 August 2014)
Railways (updated 4 August 2014)
Click here for a page linking to essential economic data for the world’s major national economies
OK, this doesn’t have a lot to do with Food Deserts, but still interesting (11 February 2014) 146 sites listed here – click here for the co-ordinates
Useful web links (22 August 2009)
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