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Places like chicago and detroit have them. There is historical context to consider.
So a couple things-
1. Corn is often used to feed cattle and other livestock. Corn and other grains are Midwest farming staples.
2. Cattle were often (And to some Degree Still are) shipped from the west and south west to the east.
3. Railroad systems Have historically been used to shipped livestock.
4. Because of the corn in the Midwest + railroad access, cities like st. Louis,detroit, chicago, etc have had easy access to massive amounts of livestock. Chicago detroit also had marine access via the great Lakes.
5. Most major meat companies (hormel, armour, hormel, etc) Capitalized on the railway sysyem, and grain access and had huge operations in cities like chicago, detroit, kansas city, st Louis and other places in the Midwest.
This is because animals lost weight in transit from the west and south west. The Midwest became an “in between” to temporarily house animals. This was due to having grain crops (easy access to food for animals) so animals were kept in the stock yards and fattened up before being shipped to the east coast.
as technology improved, the animals were slaughtered in stock yards and refrigerated meat was shipped out.
6. Since everyone worked at stock yards or slaughterhouses they had access to meat to feed their families.
Why any of that matters-
Urban areas had easiest access to meat and grains, but not fruit or vegetables. Meat was already in the city, vegan options were not. Slaughterhouses Were Already built, Fruit Farms were not. The weather here also makes growing many types of fruit more difficult. So, Recipes, traditional foods, commonly known recipes, and well understood cooking techniques often involve meat and local grains, not a vegan diet plan. and affordable foods for low income families often involve meat, not vegan options.
So when we talk about food deserts, we’re talking about limited access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. Either these foods are unaffordable or otherwise inaccessible.
And aside from the financial burden, these foods are inaccessible because entire chunks of cities were created solely to cater to the meat industry. You cannot go to place that was designed and has been used for the meat industry since 1890 and suggest residents can magically just become vegan even tho there is limited access to vegan food BY DESIGN. Because these places were built quite literally by the meat industry.
You might as well suggest all Midwest slaughterhouse cities start eating a diet of saltwater fish. Where.the.fuck.do.you.expect.us.to.get.it.from?!