A canadian family will spend on average 487 $ more than in 2019, according to the Report on the prices of canadian food.
The consumption of meat has been linked to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, obesity and cancer.
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The researchers, from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, and the University of Guelph, in Ontario, expect a rise in food prices “significantly higher” rate of inflation, up to 4 %.
What pushes the price up, it is the meat.
Sylvain Charlebois, author of the report
The price of beef and pork, in particular, could see up to 6 % increase, due to a market very delicious in China, which exerts a strong pressure on domestic producers. In fact, China is the second largest market for canadian pork, and the fifth for the beef.
There is a lack of offers. There is a lack of products for beef and pork, because of China. We export a lot of products in China, ” says the report”s author, Sylvain Charlebois.
Sylvain Charlebois, director of the laboratory science analytical agri-food, Dalhousie University, Halifax.
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The director of the laboratory science analytical agri-food, Dalhousie University, Halifax, says that a family of four would pay on average 12 667 $ for food in the course of the next year, 487 $ more than in 2019.
Substitution in the shopping cart
In the Face of this price increase can be foreseen at the meat counter, some consumers could adjust what they deposited in their grocery cart.
We buy when we see that it is on sale. But with all the trends and vegetarian all the alternatives we have today, we have diversified our way of eating, ” says Valérie Descheneaux.
A native of Joliette, Quebec, Valérie Descheneaux has seen her grocery bills jump since she moved to Toronto.
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The quebec actress has noticed her grocery bills jump since she moved to Toronto seven years ago. She said a visit to various shops in the Queen City in order to find the best price.
There are always little kiosks in the neighbourhood that offer cheap vegetables. It is necessary that I choose where I buy what, but it is sure that, sometimes, we go to the more easy and the bill is huge, ” she said.
Imitations of meat-based vegetable, such as Beyond Meat, may become more affordable next year, because competition in this sector intensifies. It is expected that the prices in 2020 will decrease a little bit, ” says Mr. Charlebois.
The prices of products of plant protein, such as Beyond Meat, could decrease in 2020, according to Sylvain Charlebois.
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According to the report, vegetables, fish and seafood will not be spared by these increases, which would amount up to 4 %, as well as the cost of eating at a restaurant.
Grocery stores without plastic, a bet expensive
The reduction of packaging and plastic bags could be another significant cost in 2020, which would be passed on to the consumer, ” said Mr. Charlebois.
A study published earlier this year found that 97.3% of the 1014 Canadians surveyed were likely to use less plastic packaging for single use.
However, a strong majority (83.3 per cent) refused to pay more for these greener solutions. The margin of error of the survey, conducted last may, is 3.2 %, 19 times out of 20.
It is difficult. I think that one is not ready to bear this cost if we’re going to have to repurchase all the time and the price is more expensive.
Eleanor Ruddy, environmental activist
Eleanor Ruddy, regularly organized strikes students to the climate in Toronto.
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The environmental activist Eleanor Ruddy wants the supermarkets to mimic the small local grocers with no waste, which allow people to buy in bulk, reusing glass jars, or packaging green.
It is a logistics that has to change, that’s for sure, ” she said.