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nutrition and health

Making food and farming more accessible to people of color

As a college student, Lytisha Wyatt became greatly concerned when she learned about health inequalities in the United States. She was especially troubled by data that showed that people of color die from illnesses linked to poor nutrition at a much higher rate than white people. Yet she was not at all surprised. People of color and people in lower-income communities are disproportionately impacted by a lack of access to healthier foods. “Nutritious food sources were not present in the community where I grew up, but they were in more affluent communities,” Wyatt said.