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[Man Walking in the Desert]

Description: Photograph of a man walking down a desert path between two rocky hills. Small spots of foliage dot the hillsides, and in the distance are similar hills and a plateau,with colors ranging from black to beige to maroon.
Date: 19uu
Creator: Clark, Joseph Wade Junebug & Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Assessing the Role of Smaller Format Retailers on the Food Desert Landscape in Dallas, Texas

Description: Many policy and business decisions regarding food deserts in the U.S. are based on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) definition of a food desert. This definition only includes large/national chain grocery retailers, based on the assumption that these major retailers are the only affordable sources of food contributing to balanced diets. As alternative distribution channels, including smaller stores, start to include groceries in their product offering, the need to consider the role of other businesses in the food retailing environment should be addressed. This thesis assesses the role of smaller format grocery retailers (small local grocers, convenience stores, gas stations, dollar stores, and drug stores) in shaping the food desert landscape in Dallas, Texas. The analysis evaluates the products offered in these stores, and then identifies the difference these stores make when included in the USDA analysis. This was done by collecting in-store data to determine the variety of products offered, the affordability of those products, and the overall healthfulness of the store. In addition, the gaps in supply and demand were identified in the USDA-defined food deserts in order to identify the impact any smaller format retailer may have. The findings suggest that, overall, smaller format retailers do offer a variety of products needed for a balanced diet. However, the products in these stores are mostly not affordable, and most stores offer more unhealthy foods, than unhealthy. Overall, results suggest dollar stores may play a role in alleviating the impact of food deserts.
Date: May 2013
Creator: Regan, Amanda D.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Plants, Animals, and Habitats

Description: Lesson plan containing a collection of activities and resources regarding plants, animals, and habitats that meet state education standards and national sustainability standards for the 2nd grade level.
Date: June 26, 2014
Creator: Ibarra, Vanessa
Partner: UNT Office of Sustainability