Ethical Eating

Sunny Garden Isles Community Farm Launches This Weekend in Dania Beach: Free Lunch and Tours Saturday

Most people probably don't think of Florida as a place with deserts, but if you look closely, they're there.

They run up and down what city planner types call "the transportation corridor." They are the areas immediately surrounding I-95. They are food deserts.

Researchers call them "red zones." They are areas where poverty, lack of food stores, and high rates of diet-related diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity all overlap. They have long been the poorest communities. When I-95 was being built back in the 1970s, these were the communities that lost the NIMBY wars.

Not only did those communities get all the things no one else wanted in their backyards -- from freeways to landfills -- they also never got many of the things one would want.

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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