Senator Kevin Matthews requested an interim study to find ways to help his district and others around the state through the use of urban gardens.
The Norman Transcript
Oct 28, 2016
Nearly half of Oklahoma counties, 32 of the 77, are considered food urban/rural deserts where citizens have limited or no access to fresh food and produce. One of those areas is north Tulsa, and Sen. Kevin Matthews requested an interim study to find ways to help his district and others around the state through the use of urban gardens.
“Urban gardens are changing the face of agriculture worldwide. Some have already been established around the state but we want to take these ideas and spread them statewide so that all Oklahomans have access to fresh produce, meats and other foods,” said Matthews, D-Tulsa. “Urban gardens not only provide better access to fresh food, they also help create jobs, provide agriculture and business education for local youth, support local farmers and business owners, and improve the health of local citizens.”
A food desert is an area, usually low-income, in which many residents cannot easily get to supermarkets or large grocery stores that sell affordable, fresh food. More specifically, rural food deserts are generally classified as counties where residents must drive more than ten miles to the nearest supermarket chain or supercenter. Urban food deserts are classified as having to drive more than one mile. Nationwide, twenty percent of rural counties are considered food deserts.