First lady Michelle Obama visits two urban farms in Chicago
First lady Michelle Obama visits Growing Power Urban Farm, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in Chicago with Mayor Rahn Emanuel. The farm is a seven acre site on the city’s South Side that produces healthy food year round. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Michelle Obama Urges Mayors to Adopt Chicago’s Food-Desert Fight
By Blair Euteneuer
Oct 25, 2011
The first lady joined Emanuel and eight other mayors, along with chief executive officers of several food retailers. Emanuel announced one of Chicago’s major urban farm networks, Growing Power, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Walgreen Co. and Aldi to sell locally grown produce. The farms would offer job opportunities and economic development.
The mayor also said the city has commitments for 36 food stores to be added in the next couple of years, including 17 traditional stores such as SuperValu, Roundy’s, Aldi and Wal- Mart, and 19 expanded Walgreens drugstores.
The summit follows a report earlier this week that the number of Chicagoans living in areas without easy access to fresh foods has declined 39 percent in the past five years. The population in food deserts shrank to 383,954 from 632,974 in 2006, according to the report by Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group.