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NZ: Diets Are Changing Because Of Prices

I’ve stopped buying tomatoes this Spring and the reason for this is plain and simple, the price. At our local supermarket they have reached NZ$19 a kilo ($US11.20), it makes too much of a hole in the grocery bill to put them in the shopping trolley when wandering the aisles and there are more foods that are not making it into the trolley as well. A block of cheese (1kg) is now NZ$21 (US12.38) which means it often doesn’t get bought and vegetables such cucumbers, cauliflower, cabbages, capsicums and lettuces are all of poor quality and very expensive.

The tomatoes that are available are locally grown and this is different for this time of year because we are told that Australia has had a poor season (for a variety of reasons) and so the supply from Queensland is not as available.
There is no excuse for the price of cheese however. New Zealand milk is renowned for it’s quality and there is a huge abundance of it in the land but monopolising corporations are not interested in making cheese available to ordinary New Zealanders at a reasonable price, they want to make profits for shareholders. The result is, high prices ‘because they can’. Their excuse, as always is high production costs.

You would think that if you go along to local markets that the prices would be better, but the squeeze is on so many people these days that the prices there are a little better, but not much.
So, diets are changing and and cheap junk foods are often being substituted for quality fare which means an unhealthy population and dissatisfaction with the powers that be for creating the situation.

So, what can be done about it? Get a garden going. It’s Spring in New Zealand and so any opportunity to grow your own food should be pursued. I have tomatoes and other vegetables underway and expect to have fresh produce by the New Year.
Fill the freezer, winter can be circumnavigated by having lot’s of vegies frozen, ready for thawing and eating. Bottling of fruit and dehydrating will ensure the availability of goodness nutrition over the colder months.

Incomes are not rising to meet inflationary prices which means that food quality for the masses is going down. Rents in particular are absorbing large portions of peoples’ incomes and if you happen to have a mortgage then payments on that loan are rising as well.
Food and shelter are under attack in New Zealand and from what I can gather it’s the same in most countries.

One Comment

  1. Wulf Wulf September 21, 2022

    Fine observations and conclusions, as usual!

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