- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fuːd ˈdɛzə(ɹ)t/
- (General American) IPA(key): /fud ˈdɛzɚt/
- Hyphenation: food de‧sert
- A populated region where food, especially healthy food, is difficult to obtain.
- 2009 May 26, Steven Gray, “Can America's urban food deserts bloom?”, in Time, archived from the original on 28 January 2016:
- For years, major supermarket chains have been criticized for abandoning densely populated, largely black and Latino communities in cities like Detroit, Los Angeles, Memphis and Newark, N.J. — contributing to what many experts call food deserts.
- 2011 August 12, “America's ‘food deserts’”, in The Week, archived from the original on 28 May 2016:
- More precisely, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines a food desert as any census district where at least 20 percent of the inhabitants are below the poverty line and 33 percent live over a mile from the nearest supermarket (or in rural areas, more than 10 miles).