Background image of This mural, in North Portland's Village Market, was painted by neighbors and community organizers who collaborated on the plans and vision for a vibrant small-scale grocery store offering healthy foods to an underserved neighborhood. It sits above a vegetable case full of fresh produce. The image shows three flowers in bloom.

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Say good-bye to “food deserts”

Originally published in the winter issue of Edible Portland as a companion piece to a story on the revival of a rural grocery store, this sidebar stirred up a heated exchange about the term "Food Desert" among local food systems advocates through a Tufts University-based listserv. It's clear that the local food movement isn't on the same page on the topic, and the debate continues to simmer.