South Carolina Experiencing Food Deserts
South Carolina's Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers is concerned about so called Food Deserts that exist in South Carolina. Defined as places where the population does not have ready access to fresh healthy food, they are not restricted to one type of living areas. Based on survey, Greenville and Charleston are included, also counties like Abbeyville, Anderson, Richmond and Lexington.
The commissioner says its good to have this information in front of us so that informed decisions can be made. In fact, he is hosting a special workshop on the topic in September at the State Farmers Market. He will be discussing the situation and looking for opportunities for South Carolina producers to fill in these gaps.