Report Says 17% of Virginians Live in Food Deserts

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. - Agriculture is one of the leading industries in Virginia which is why it's hard to believe that a report issued by the general assembly says 17% of Virginians are living in food deserts. That's around 1.4 million people.

The report said that food deserts are typically located in areas that do not have farmer markets or any other source of healthy food.

That includes both urban and rural areas that are far from grocery stores and other places where food is hard to get.

Millard Driver, owner of the JMD Farm in Augusta County, says this news shocks him.

"It's appalling, I would've thought that we were doing a better job," Driver said.

He also says he thinks that there is a solution for people who live in cities and rural areas.

"It would be desirable for the government somehow to at least train local agriculturalists in the production of produce and eats and vegetables that can somehow be organized for a local farmers market distribution," Driver says.

The report does offer a solution to the issue suggesting more mobile farmer markets and issuing grants to encourage local agriculture.

Driver says, "We just need to find the ways that will work to produce food in these areas where it is indeed lacking."


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