The Study of Food Environments as a Strategy of Social Sustainability in the Mexican Northeast

By Ana Elisa Castro Sánchez, Carlos Aparicio and Esteban Gilberto Ramos Peña.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice

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Inspired on Social Sustainability as a health matter, this article displays an approach to analyze the Mexican food environment by observing the space distribution patterns of fast food establishments and convenience stores with greater presence in Monterrey’s Metropolitan Area, located in Northeastern Mexico. Particularly, we aim to identify and describe the allocation pattern of fast food places in relation to their spatial location, considering the circulation routes hierarchy, the poverty polygons, and the socioeconomic characteristics of the population that lives surrounding these polygons. The results show that the space distribution is mainly characterized by the creation of type of commercial conglomerates, located on main routes and in a very short distance to poverty polygons. This urban structure facilitates the existence of socially unsustainable environmental conditions.

Keywords: social sustainability; food environment; socio-spatial distribution.

The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 9, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.57-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 10, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.614MB)).

Dr. Ana Elisa Castro Sánchez

Researcher, Professor, Faculty of Public Health and Nutrition, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

I graduated in social work from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. I got my Master degree in social policy at the Universidad de Concepción, Chile. I finished my Ph.D. studies in the Université Laval, Québec, Canada in 2004. I am recognized by the Mexican National System of Researchers, with the level I. In my scientific production I have published more than three scientific articles in refereed journals or indexed. Moreover, I am the creator of two scientific publications.

Dr. Carlos Aparicio

Coordinator of the Master Sciences in Architecture and Urban Subjects Program, Faculty of Architecture, Graduate Studies, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

I have a doctorate in social sciences with a concentration in sustainable development from the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. During my studies, I had a scholarship from the National Counsel of Sciences and Technology. Also, I teach in the Faculty of Architecture at the same university. Moreover, I have two Master studies from Université Laval in Québec City, both related to urbanism and architecture. I did my Bachelors studies in architecture and in physical education. I am interested in the urban problem related to social representations, social sustainability and urban sprawl. I like to work with geographical informatics systems and mental maps.

Dr. Esteban Gilberto Ramos Peña

Subdirector de Posgrado, Facultad de Salud Pública y Nutrición, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico