Yolo Farm to Every Fork Lecture Tackles “Food Deserts”


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Davis, Calif., Sept. 10, 2013 ─ Yolo County Supervisor and organizer of Yolo Food Connect Don Saylor announced today that David Shabazian, principal project expert, with Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), will speak about food deserts in our region as part of the Yolo Farm to Every Fork Lecture series. The talk will take place at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Davis Chamber of Commerce office at 604 3rd Street. This lecture is free and open to the public.

According to the CDC, food deserts are “areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up full and healthy diets.”

“Many people take for granted the ability to walk into a local market to get fresh produce and healthy foods,” said Shabazian. “We have studied the locations of food deserts in our regions and look forward to presenting our findings to the public to start building solutions.”

“Learning about food deserts in our region will help us as community members to assess where people need help the most,” said Saylor. “Access to fresh produce should not be determined by your zip code.”

Shabazian has been in the planning field since 1990 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from UC Davis. He spent three years as a planner for the City of Davis before returning to UC Davis in 1996 to earn a master’s degree in Transportation Technology and Policy. Shabazian has been at SACOG for 13 years. He was the Deputy Project Manager for the Blueprint: Transportation/Land Use Study and is the Project Manager for the Rural-Urban Connections Strategy, a regional effort to enhance rural economic viability and environmental sustainability. He has also been SACOG’s lead on floodplain management and water resource issues and is a former member of the Delta Vision Stakeholders Coordination Group.

Yolo Farm to Every Fork emerged from a partnership of Yolo Food Connect and Yolo Ag & Food Alliance. These events dovetail with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau’s “America’s Farm to Fork Capital” initiative.

For more information, please contact Diane Parro at [email protected] or at 530-757-5581.