Study Finds Dearth of Mainstream Supermarkets in Metro Detroit

Cigarettes, booze and lottery tickets are far more abundant than healthy, fresh food at most of the stores that sell groceries in metropolitan Detroit, according to a new study which describes the area as a food desert that threatens public health. In fact, about 550,000 people in Detroit live in so-called deserts areas that require them to travel twice as far or more to reach the closest

DETROIT — Cigarettes, booze and lottery tickets are far more abundant than healthy, fresh food at most of the stores that sell groceries in metropolitan Detroit, according to a new study which describes the area as a “food desert” that threatens public health.

In fact, about 550,000 people in Detroit live in so-called deserts — areas that require them to travel twice as far or more to reach the closest mainstream supermarket vs. the closest “fringe” food outlet, such as a gas s

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