A food desert is a neighborhood with no supermarkets – a place where you can’t buy fresh fruits or vegetables. The small corner stores carry canned and dried food that keeps well on the shelf but is less nutritious than fresh produce, often high in fat and sugar.
For a city of its size, Richmond, Virginia is the worst food desert in the nation, but an effort is underway to fix that problem.
A renowned economist is relaxing her predictions somewhat about the effects of federal sequestration on Virginia and now sees a reason for some optimism. Chris Chmura says although the impact of the cuts will still hurt the Commonwealth more than most states, she expects there will be some modest job growth.
Hunger pangs may be a sign to raid the refrigerator, order carryout, heat up some leftovers, or head to your favorite restaurant.
But thousands of Virginia children don't have that option. In fact—and it’s a little-known fact—area food banks throughout the Commonwealth are in greater need of supplies over the summer than over the holidays, when most food drives take place.
Since 2006, there's been a 56-percent increase in the need for serving the hungry. And as Governor McDonnell explains, it's harder to restock food banks during this time of year than any other.
Smithfield Foods is being sold to China’ s largest pork producer.
Saying it’s a great day for American farmers, Smithfield Foods President and CEO Larry Pope has announced his company is being sold to Shuanghui International Holdings Limited, China’s largest meat processing enterprise and largest meat trading company. It’s believed to be the largest takeover of an American company by a Chinese one. The purchase price is $4.7 billion.