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Comparing Two Analytical Approaches to Assess Access to Fresh, Healthy Food: A Case of Indianapolis

Authors: Christopher Bauters, Indiana University, Hannah Davis, Indiana University, Angela Babb, Indiana University, Daniel Knudsen*, Indiana University
Topics: Food Systems, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: “food deserts,” covering models, Indianapolis
Session Type: Paper
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While accessibility is not the answer to so-called “food deserts” it is nevertheless a necessary if not sufficient condition to their remediation hence past focus on the limited access to nutrient rich foods. In this paper we compare the standard USDA buffering approach to a method that examines differences between covering problem-defined optimal and actual food outlet locations.

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