The price is… wrong

Economy goes down and food prices go up by alarming amounts.

Over the past decade, most people share one similar trait—they are trying to make healthier, more ethical choices when it comes to what they’re eating.

However, making those choices has become more difficult than ever due to the growing price of food.

Canadians spend an average of 10 per cent of their household budget on food.Now with the growing prices, this could be a good incentive for Canadians to buy more locally grown food, saving them money and stimulating the Canadian economy simultaneously.

Things like plummeting oil prices, a weak Canadian dollar, and climate change are all contributing factors in food prices increasing.

Over the past decade, many people have opted to eat more organic foods because organic food (though not always) is associated with lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventially grown food.

One of the downfalls with organic food, though, is that it is much more expensive, and less accessible only being sold mainly in specialty stores or farmer’s markets.

Jessica Miller, mother of three, said she is really feeling the impact of the grocery prices.

“I usually shop at Safeway where I would spend about $300.00 and get a good shot of food.

“Now, I get half the amount.”

Miller also said although she would like to know the sources of where her food comes from, she doesn’t bother buying organic because it’s too much of a hassle.

“I don’t think it’s worth paying the extra price just to know where the food is coming from, because at the end of the day, at least the kids are being fed.”

Meat in particular has suffered the biggest price increase out of all the food groups; pork being the biggest culprit.

Sirloin steaks have gone up by 12 per cent, and pork chops by 15 per cent since last spring.

The demand for meat has decreased due to high prices.

Bethany Whitford, a student at SAIT, said she has been slowly transitioning to becoming vegetarian over the past year since meat prices have risen.

“I can’t afford to pay ridiculous prices,” said Whitford.

“I’ve noticed that without buying any meat, my grocery bill is still high because everything is expensive. [It is ] still less expensive than it would be with meat.”

“I don’t make a lot of money myself being a student and all, but I guess we’ll all have to keep a tighter grasp on our wallets and watch what we spend.” Hopefully the prices do decrease soon, but with the way the economy is, it doesn’t seem like there’s much hope. At least for now anyways.

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