This post from the New York Times’ “Fixes” column neatly wraps up much of the public discussion, debate and research about food deserts. Be sure to read to the end (or, if short on time, scroll down to it) and the outline of the cost of food: sweets and starchy foods are one-tenth the price — on a per calorie basis — of energy dense foods like fruits and vegetables. (Unfortunately, a glitch is preventing the first paragraph of the post from appearing below. You can click on the link to read the column).
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis