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There is still much work to be done before we in Washington state can remove ourselves from the... more »
posted 02/09/12
Seattle is known as a haven for foodies, so it was something of a shameful surprise to discover... more »
posted 07/26/11
How one reporter covered community health issues facing two neighborhoods facing each other... more »
posted 04/20/11

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Seattle has gained a national reputation as a haven for “foodies” – but there’s a “food desert” in its own back yard, ironically in an area that once helped feed a growing city.

Contaminated waters mean exposure to 42 chemicals for people who consume fish from the Duwamish River, despite posted warnings. For those who depend on the river as a primary food source, this frightening possibility is not enough of a deterrent.

Studies show that residents living in neighborhoods near the Dumawish River are highly susceptible to illness and lower life expectancy, especially compared to those living in other areas of King County.