The price of fruits and vegetables has increased twice as fast as inflation

Posted on July 22, 2022, 11:36 AMUpdated on July 22, 2022 at 2:32 PM

The average price of fruit and vegetables increased by 11% between 2021 and 2022, alert, this Friday, the association of consumers of Rural families. The increase of double the rate of inflation, highlights the association that, like every year, publishes the results of the 2022 observatory on the price of fruit and vegetables.

In detail, the association carried out 108 price readings in 37 departments from June 8 to 22. The observation, made public when the National Assembly adopted the bill on purchasing power: the price of the reference basket used by the association increased, for products from traditional agriculture, 8% for fruits and 15% for vegetables. In organic, which is more expensive, the situation is very different: fruits increase slightly (+4%) while vegetables see their prices fall by 3%.

Increase of 20 to 40% of traditional agriculture

“The year 2022 will not mark the beginning of a drop in the price of fruit, whether conventional or organic”, lamented the association where “the reason is due to the inflationary shock that the producers also suffered, which led to a sharp. increased production and packaging costs”. All against a backdrop of fallout from the war in Ukraine and difficulties in recruiting the necessary manpower.

The inflation champion of conventional agriculture is the green watermelon. Its price has jumped 40% in one year due to “bad weather conditions” in the areas where it is grown. And especially in Spain. Peach (+25%), pepper (+37%), vine tomato (+31%) or green beans (+21%) are also among the most inflationary products. On the contrary, onions (-14%), apples (-7%) or carrots (-3%) are cheaper on average than last year.

Organic victims of consumer disillusionment

The situation is somewhat different on the organic side. Prices are rising more slowly. There are two reasons for this. In part because farmers are using fewer inputs, their prices have risen. If the association does not elaborate on this point, it is likely in particular pesticides and fertilizers, a large part of which is produced in Russia and Ukraine.

On the other hand, the fact that consumers seem to be turning away from organic products, which are traditionally more expensive. Producers “struggle to sell their production” and therefore “have no choice but to try to price to sell at least part of their harvest”.

And finally in organic farming, peaches (+28%), lemons (+13%), watermelon (+11%) and peppers (+10%) are the products whose prices have increased the most. While many vegetables saw their prices decrease or fall, such as green beans (-13%) or even lettuce (-11%).

A food review

Faced with this increase, the association calls on politicians to act if, according to it, the consumption of at least five fruits and vegetables per day and per person as recommended by public authorities “represents between 5% and 16% of a net minimum monthly salary for a family of four.

“It is urgent, from an economic and public health point of view, that the government and parliamentarians allocate a real food check to all families that, due to the lack of budget, can no longer -access to quality food, and to implement a ‘healthy food. plan, eat better'”, believes Guylaine Brohan, president of Rural Families.

The association also wants to “ban advertising aimed at children that promotes products that are too fat, too sweet, too salty, that it is established that it causes them to buy”. Similarly, he continued, it is necessary to “qualify for European funding, which is used very little today, actions to promote fruit and vegetables in children, outside the framework of the school”.

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