If people’s dietary habits don’t conform to nutrition experts’ wishes and access to the foods experts prefer doesn’t change people’s dietary habits, then (i) “food deserts” likely aren’t a problem, and (ii) it may be worth revisiting the assumption that managing citizens’ diets is a legitimate aim of public policy. >>>
In 2010, the Morrisania section of the Bronx was what is commonly called a food desert: The low-income neighborhood in New York’s least-healthy county had no nearby grocery store, and few places where its residents could easily buy fresh food.
That’s why it was the target of a city tax incentive program designed to bring healthy food into underserved neighborhoods.
The neighborhood welcomed the addition, and perceived access to healthy food improved. But the diets of the neighborhood’s residents did not.