Food Gap & The Consumer Burden

Chris Crowley & Matt Lang

In recent years, the build up of cities and suburbs have been fixed around a spatial organization that limits and constrains the consumers’ food options.

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Low income communities often do not have a diverse variety of food choices. Options are fixed to those in the vicinity of work or home, forcing individuals to choose from what is preexisting in their neighborhoods. In most cases, these choices are unhealthy, fast food restaurants. The disproportionate access to low-quality options greatly influences the frequency of consumption. The safety and consumption of consumers should be food industries’ main priority but this is not always the case. In this research project, we show how low income communities are shouldering a consumer burden caused by fast food industries exploiting the spatial constraints inherent to their social geography.

Many people are affected by poor meat quality in fast food restaurants and even certain ways in which it is prepared, such as seen in past breakouts of foodborne pathogens such as E.coli. Furthermore, the propensity of fast food chains to target low income neighborhoods exposes this demographic to the negative effects of long term consumption in an unequal manner. These areas are dubbed food swamps and food deserts in the U.S The prevalence of health complications in these communities-such as obesity and diabetes- is in excess to those with less access to fast food options. Present regulations attempting to mitigate health impacts of fast food are not effective. The modern consumer is being burdened with the negative ideologies of fast food industries.


Social Geography


Unfair Burden

Food Swamps & Food Deserts

Public Health Complications

Food Insecurity



Part I: Spatial Inequality

Part II: Meat Quality & Pathogenic Diseases

Part III: Labeling Crisis

Part IV: Where’s the Help?


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