Current discussions among food cooperatives often turn to the presence of food deserts in our cities and towns and what co-ops might do to address them. Mari coined the now-popular term to describe neighborhoods where mainstream grocers are distant. The statistically significant impacts on disease and life for people living in food deserts are well known. There won’t be a single solution to the problem, and every project helps. At the CCCMA 2011 conference, Mari shared some of her ideas for solutions that food co-ops can create.

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