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25 million people across the country live in food deserts — or what LA activist Olympia Auset calls food apartheid. People in these areas have easy access to junk food, liquor stores, and fast-food chains. But as Auset puts it if, “you want an organic avocado or tomato you’ll be hard-pressed to find it.”
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Auset talks to us about her personal journey — how becoming vegan helped her see just how few healthy food options her community had.
Can’t miss moments from the show
- In South LA only 60 grocery stores serve over a million people, while in the highly gentrified west side there are about 50 stores for half that population.
- Food deserts aren’t only food deserts. There are design deserts, entrepreneurship deserts, and so on. That’s why this can more accurately be referred to as food apartheid.
- Auset tells us why she feels food apartheid is a more fitting term than food desert.
- Auset started SuprMarkt with less than $100 and little to no experience. Find out the one key thing she did have that drove her to succeed.
- Living in South Central Los Angeles makes you 2 to 3 times more susceptible to a preventable disease, like heart disease and diabetes. All because of the lack of healthy food options.
- Find out what food Auset calls God’s soda can
Links to things we talked about
- Keep Slauson Fresh campaign
- Food Inc. documentary
- Forks Over Knives
- What the Health
- Learn more about food apartheid in this enlightening article.
If you enjoyed this episode, tune in to Feeding Your Community with Princess Haley of Appetite for Change.