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Farms Everywhere but Not a Bite to Eat

The town of Cody, Nebraska, sits in the middle of farm and ranch country. Actual food, though? That's hard to come by.

According to this story by Harvest Public Media, the nearest grocery store to Cody is 40 miles away. This is inconvenient (would you want to drive two hours round-trip for groceries?) and also problematic when trying to do things such as recruit people to live and work in the area. There's plenty of public discourse about urban food deserts. But nearly all non-metropolitan counties in most Great Plains states are food deserts, according to a Mississippi State University study and this interactive map. Who's taking up their cause?

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Nebraska farm | Picture by Jan Tik

 

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