Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2015


John Van Buren


A food desert is defined as an area that has little or no access to fresh produce and healthy food options. The South Bronx is a food desert not because there is no food to be found, but because healthy, non processed food is in short supply. The South Bronx is the fattest congressional district in the United States, as well as the poorest. Food deserts are most often accompanied by higher rates of nutrition related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease and the South Bronx is no exception. This thesis looks into the reason behind food deserts and address the issue in a way that can better the community through sustainable development. It seeks a solution that allows a community to help themselves rather than relying on outside help. The approaches that this thesis addresses are analyzed for their potential and how realistic they are. Each solution is based around a plan to bring fresh produce production to the community itself. This addresses two needs of the community: jobs and fresh produce. Greenhouses with hydroponic or aquaponic systems set up within the community will utilize the local community for labor. Providing opportunities for entrepreneurship and spurring growth throughout the community.