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Healthy Sites, Healthy Food

Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first project in 1993, Brownfields remediation has provided an opportunity for redevelopment movements across the country to provide access to healthcare in low-income, underserved communities. Poorer health among people residing in low-income areas is well documented. Transforming an unused contaminated site—often in low-income neighborhoods—into one on which health clinics or healthy food markets can operate demonstrates that environmental justice and access to health care and healthy food go hand-in-hand. EPA defines environmental justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people…with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” A Brownfields to Healthfields strategy can help build sustainable communities by eliminating environmentally overburdened areas and facilitating equitable development. Projects that local and regional organizations working together have initiated, using resources from the federal government to remediate sites, to build and staff health clinics, and to support healthy…Log In to Read Full Article

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