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A number of community gardens are popping up in urban communities across the nation in response to a lack of access to full-service grocery stores and healthy fresh foods.

For residents of these food deserts, the prospect of healthy, fresh food comes at a critical juncture where rates of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases run rampant in low-income areas.

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In inner-city communities where corner store junk food is often a meal for children, numerous studies show that today’s children will face life-threatening health challenges as early as their 20s and 30s if they continue to consume the volumes of processed and fast food now in their diets.

Read more at the Grio.

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