Utah’s urban food deserts are small pockets that overlap heavily with areas where residents are socio-economically disadvantaged in other ways. The state’s rural food deserts are immense, in some cases covering multiple adjacent counties.
But in both cases, “the issue of food deserts is intimately related to how people get around,” said Sarah Hinners, an urban ecologist and research assistant professor at the University of Utah’s Department of City and Metropolitan Planning.
While rural residents are often more accustomed to driving long distances for their daily needs, Hinners said, those living in impoverished urban areas are more likely to not own cars.
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