Month: February 2021

Warner bill expanding access to healthy foods could be oasis in Petersburg’s food deserts



a sign in front of a building: This Food Lion, located on the site of the old Walnut Mall in Petersburg, is one of two national grocery chains — the other being Walmart — located within the Petersburg city limits. A bill from Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Virginia, would establish financial incentives for food providers to build and expand operations in so-called 'food deserts.'


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This Food Lion, located on the site of the old Walnut Mall in Petersburg, is one of two national grocery chains — the other being Walmart — located within the Petersburg city limits. A bill from Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Virginia, would establish financial incentives for food providers to build and expand operations in so-called ‘food deserts.’

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner is the chief patron of bipartisan legislation that creates incentives to increase access to groceries in underserved communities — including Petersburg — commonly referred to as “food deserts” due to their lack of adequate

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Sen. Warner introduces bill to help eliminate food deserts

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHSV) — On Wednesday, Senator Mark Warner joined several other senators in introducing the Healthy Food Access for All Americans (HFAAA) Act.

According to a press release from Warner’s office, the legislation aims to expand access to affordable and nutritious food in areas that are designated as “food deserts” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The press release says according to recent data from the USDA, nearly 40 million Americans live in food deserts, which are areas defined to be without grocery stores within one or more miles in urban regions, and ten or more miles in

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Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the COVID-19 response

When a pandemic hits, questions that immediately arise include what impact there will be on public health, the economy and other aspects of society. Another set of questions involves response priorities for governments and households.

Food is central to both sets of questions. On the one hand, access to sufficient, nutritious food is threatened. On the other, focusing on food offers promising pandemic response options.

Reports from various countries highlight concerns about the impact of COVID-19 and pandemic response measures on food supplies, whether due to shortages, price rises or cash constraints. Even in rich countries, anxiety about possible shortages

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‘QAnon shaman’ granted organic food in jail after report of deteriorating health

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered that the “QAnon shaman,” who was charged with taking part in the deadly riots at the Capitol, get organic food in a D.C. correctional facility after his lawyer told the court that his client needed the special diet for religious and health reasons.



a person wearing a costume and holding a sign: Jacob Anthony Chansley, a Qanon believer, speaks to a crowd of Donald Trump supporters in Phoenix on Nov. 5, 2020.


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Jacob Anthony Chansley, a Qanon believer, speaks to a crowd of Donald Trump supporters in Phoenix on Nov. 5, 2020.

Because of his “shamanic belief system and way of life,” eating food that isn’t organic or has “unnatural chemicals” would cause the client, Jacob Chansley, “systemic responses

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