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Redefining Rural Food Deserts by Transportation Networks

Our project revealed that existing definitions of food deserts are not sufficiently sensitive to the nature of grocery travel behavior among rural residents. Our research suggests that rural residents employ a range of strategies to overcome the challenge of living at some distance from grocery outlets (from pantry-stocking to trip-chaining) that challenge the current and overly-simplistic assumption of a 10-mile straightline buffer from a food outlet.

Presented by: Gregory L. Newmark and Hyung Jin Kim, (Kansas State University)

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