Birmingham is cultivating a healthy relationship with its food...

MSNBC's Geoffrey Cowley chews on Birmingham's reaction to malnutrition and hunger in its City neighborhoods:

..."Nearly half of Birmingham qualifies as a food desert, meaning that fresh, whole food just isn’t sold there. Grocers have left for more prosperous venues, leaving dollar stores and fast-food chains to fill the void with cheap, processed calories. In Jefferson County, which includes comfortable suburbs as well as Birmingham’s battered core, roughly a third of adults are not just overweight but obese (compared to 25% nationally)—and 17% rate their health “poor or fair” (compared to 10% nationally).


But as Birmingham’s low-income residents scrape by on 99-cent mega sodas and packaged fried pork skins, an unlikely coalition of foodies, farmers, business leaders, community organizers and public agencies now coming together to change the city’s food environment. None of them deny they have a long way to go, but signs of progress are popping up everywhere from school yards and vacant lots to the basements of Baptist mega-churches. “This city has the potential to be a different place in five years,” says David Fleming, the CEO of REV Birmingham, a private, nonprofit community-development group. “Right now we’re trying to throw gas where the sparks are.”

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