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Yolo Farm to Every Fork program tackles ‘food deserts’

By From page A5 | September 13, 2013

David Shabazian, principal project expert with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, will speak about food deserts in our region as part of the Yolo Farm to Every Fork lecture series.

His talk will begin at noon Tuesday at the Davis Chamber of Commerce office, 604 Third St. in downtown Davis. It is free and open to the public.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food deserts are “areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and other foods that make up full and healthy diets.”

“Many people take for granted the ability to walk into a local market to get fresh produce and healthy foods,” Shabazian said. “We have studied the locations of food deserts in our regions and look forward to presenting our findings to the public to start building solutions.”

Added Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, “Learning about food deserts in our region will help us as community members to assess where people need help the most. Access to fresh produce should not be determined by your ZIP code.”

Shabazian has been in the planning field since 1990 after earning a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from UC Davis. He spent three years as a planner for the city of Davis before returning to UCD in 1996 to earn a master’s degree in transportation technology and policy.

Shabazian has been at SACOG for 13 years. He was the deputy project manager for the Blueprint: Transportation/Land Use Study and is the project manager for the Rural-Urban Connections Strategy, a regional effort to enhance rural economic viability and environmental sustainability.

He also has been SACOG’s lead on floodplain management and water resource issues and is a former member of the Delta Vision Stakeholders Coordination Group.

For more information on the Yolo Farm to Every Fork lecture series, contact Diane Parro at [email protected] or at 530-757-5581.

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