Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Relief for King County food deserts
Underlying issue of inequity
In response to “Bringing relief to food deserts in King County neighborhoods,” [Opinion, Nov. 17], I pose the following questions:
First, in “the middle of plenty,” why are some people still denied access to a car to appropriate their fair share?
Second, what political and economic structures privilege a good neighborhood over other neighborhoods?
Third, how exactly would placing a grocery store in a low-income community promote better diets for all?
Interactive maps aside, what we need is a deeper discussion on the issues underlying the inequities in “nutrient-poor diets and obesity and other chronic illness” and a more enlightened exploration of the social determinants of food access beyond the discourse of “food deserts.” It is then that we might be able to talk about meaningful solutions to the inaccessibility of adequate, quality, healthful food for all in our state of plenty.
— Kala Mayer, Seattle
— Robin Evans-Agnew, Seattle