Dollar stores could limit access to produce in some areas, Invasive insect gets close to Wisconsin border

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A man shops in an aisle of mostly empty shelves in a Walmart
A man shops in an aisle of mostly empty shelves in a Walmart in Cranberry Township near Warrendale, Pa., Friday, March 13, 2020. Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo

A researcher explains how dollar stores might make matters worse for communities that have limited access to nutritious, fresh foods. Then, we hear from the Wisconsin Bureau of Plant Industry about efforts to protect the state’s flora from an invasive insect new to the region.

Featured in this Show

  • How dollar stores contribute to food deserts

    Several dollar stores have recently opened throughout Wisconsin as Dollar General continues with plans to open more than 1,000 locations nationwide this year. We speak with a researcher who finds dollar stores may harm independent grocers and reduce access to fresh produce.

  • Spotted lanternflies spotted in neighboring states, is Wisconsin next?

    The spotted lanternfly, a fast-spreading invasive insect, is showing up in Illinois and Michigan. We discuss containment efforts with the head of Wisconsin’s Bureau of Plant Industry.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Trevor Hook Producer
  • Courtney Everett Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Matthew Osborne Guest
  • Brian Kuhn Guest

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