Over the last ten years, the concept of “Food Deserts” has gained traction in the general vernacular.
A food desert happens when there is limited access to healthy food choices such as fresh fruits and vegetables, either because there are no grocery stores in proximity, or because said supermarkets offer substandard food at astronomical prices. Food deserts often exist in majority minority and/or poor neighborhoods. Compounding the issue, there is often a glut of cheap, salty, sugary foods readily available in these very same hoods in the forms of chicken shacks, fast food chains and liquor stores.
There are real health consequences to consuming junky food, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and myriad others—many of which can be mitigated or helped by healthy diet changes.
Which is where @AppetiteForChange comes in. Hip Hop Wired reports that AFC teamed up with the #BeatsandRhymesCrew, the same rap group that created the “Hot Cheetos and Takis” song, an ode to junk food that reached national fame with millions of YouTube views.
This same crew is now addressing those same junk foods and stressing healthier alternatives with a hot song rapped by young people from North Minneapolis. The new song, entitled “Grow Food,” has also gone viral and Nick Cannon recently shared it on his Instagram page. Some of the lyrics:
“See in my hood there ain’t really much to eat. Popeyes on the corner, McDonald’s right across the street. All this talk about guns and the drugs, pretty serious, but look at what they feeding ya’ll that’s what’s really killin us.”
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