supermarkets en MSU professors mapping 'urban food deserts' <p><a href="">&lsquo;Food deserts&rsquo; </a>are a growing problem in Michigan cities. Two Michigan State University professors believe they have an idea that might help.</p><p>&#39;Food deserts&rsquo; are created when local supermarkets close and there&rsquo;s no place where people can walk to buy fruits, vegetables and other fresh food.</p><p>MSU professors <a href="">Phil Howard</a> and <a href="">Kirk Goldsberry</a> wanted to see how bad the problem is in Lansing. Goldsberry says he was surprised that large sections of the capitol city are &lsquo;food deserts&rsquo;. He says, in many cases, if you want fresh food, you must drive to Lansing&rsquo;s suburbs.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The suburbanization of groceries has placed our best markets in commercially zoned in non-residential, automobile oriented areas.&nbsp; Essentially geographically separating our best produce sections from our most densely populated neighborhoods.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p><a href="">The MSU professors have created an interactive map showing Lansing&rsquo;s &lsquo;urban food deserts&rsquo;.</a> They hope to create similar &lsquo;food desert&rsquo; maps for Flint, Grand Rapids and other US cities.</p><p>Goldsberry says communities need to encourage more urban gardens and farmers markets to fill the gap in urban &lsquo;food deserts&rsquo;. Fri, 04 Mar 2011 18:28:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 1510 at MSU professors mapping 'urban food deserts'