Back to Basics: Is Civic Agriculture the Solution to Food Deserts in Texas?


Fair access to fresh fruits and vegetable is an important aspect of a healthy civil society. This study investigates the potential of farmers markets to transform food deserts of Texas into oases. Data for age, sex, race, income, grocery store access, and farmers markets in Texas were obtained from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service Food Environment Atlas and the US Census Bureau, in order to investigate the association between civic agriculture in the form of farmers markets and food insecurity in Texas. Data were statistically analyzed and spatially investigated. Spatial analysis of the distance to nearest farmers market suggests a strong inverse correlation between the distribution of civic agriculture activities and food deserts. These results encourage non-farmers transition to farming careers and help local farmers in Texas improve their competitiveness, preserve their farming traditions, and contribute to their societal and economic development.

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Anderson, F. and Burau, K. (2015) Back to Basics: Is Civic Agriculture the Solution to Food Deserts in Texas?. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 3, 82-89. doi: 10.4236/jss.2015.35012.

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