Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kelli Ward has proposed a state of “complete food deserts” in the state of Arizona.
In a Facebook post, Ward said that “food deserts” exist where consumers don’t have access to affordable options for their food.
“I have heard from people across the state that we need to be able to eat here, not just the people who are here, but those that are going to come from out of state or who are going across the country,” Ward said.
Ward’s plan would make Arizona the first in the country to create a “complete” food desert.
“Our state has always been a food desert state.
We have a high concentration of food deserts,” she said.
“We have a lot of farms that have gone bankrupt and we have a large number of people that are struggling with their healthcare costs, food costs, and the cost of housing.
And I know from experience that if we have complete food deserts, we can’t keep those people in our state.”
Ward’s proposal has sparked outrage from local and national food and agriculture advocates.
“If we can create a food- and water-stressed desert, how does it work?,” said Joe Pesto, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, which represents roughly 50,000 small businesses.
“People who want to stay here don’t want to move.
If we create a complete food desert, then we can all sit down and discuss this.
Ward has received criticism from Arizona’s Republican Party for calling for “complete desert” rather than a food distribution system. “
The problem with this is the state is the largest producer of food in the U.S., and we’re not the only one.”
Ward has received criticism from Arizona’s Republican Party for calling for “complete desert” rather than a food distribution system.
“There are communities in Arizona where food is so scarce that they’re going to eat anywhere,” she told the Associated Press.
“And that’s what we’re going with.
I think it’s going to be a big difference in the community that we’re trying to help.””
Food is one of the most precious resources we have.
I think it’s going to be a big difference in the community that we’re trying to help.”