Latinos 3x More Likely To Die From Asthma Than Others

The Environmental Defense Fund stated last week that Latinos are 3x more likely to die from asthma than any other racial or ethnic group.

We must ask ourselves why our Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr and other Bronx politicians aren’t demanding an environmental impact statement be done on FreshDirect’s planned move to the South Bronx — and instead are relying on an outdated environmental impact statement.

This latest statement only solidifies even further why a new environmental impact statement is the right thing to do for the people of the South Bronx because it is a district:

-where the population is over 70% Latino

– already plagued by 8x the national rates of asthma and 3x the hospitalization rates from this chronic disease

-where the population increased by over 11% from 2000 to 2010 according to census data

-where it has been rezoned from manufacturing to residential which has led to the aforementioned population increase.

Demand justice for the people of the South Bronx. Demand a new environmental impact statement to review the impact FreshDirect will have on the neighborhood.





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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.