Food deserts are a spatial problem in cities where citizens in an area of the city lack access to nutritious food. There is also a problem in our agriculture systems. The average age of farmers in America is 58 which is alarming for the future of the agricultural industry in America. There is a new generation of young farmers who are taking over the agriculture industry with new ideas such as urban farming and vertical farming. This study tries to find the link between young farmers and food deserts. Detroit, Michigan and Memphis, Tennessee are used as case studies for food desert maps in both cities. Interviews with young farmers were conducted to find if young farmers understand the issue of food deserts they would remedy them.


Judge, Shelley


Earth Sciences

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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