Is food getting too expensive?

manhill

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Or are there too many other things to spend on than there were back in the days when food cost was a much bigger proportion of household expenditure? What are these other things that compete with food?
 

manhill

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When people are going hungry in this country what is going wrong? Wholesome food is available cheaply at point of production. Too many other things deemed essential must be diverting expenditure from food. Big houses, periodical kitchen fittings changeout, roasting hot rooms in winter, Chelsea tractors, latest lphones, foreign holidays, stupid hairstyles, pet beauty salons, internet forums, it'all too much!
 

7610 super q

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Arable Farmer
It's difficult to see how food could be any cheaper TBH. If these current fuel and fert prices are here to stay, food prices will have to increase a lot. There is a vast difference in farm gate, and Tesco prices however.
 
Food isn’t too expensive it’s been artificially cheap the past thirty years and people have got used to it. There are people who are genuinely struggling and I feel for them but others? One family on the news borrowing money off their children to eat.turns out eating meant the chippy. Last time our family ate in chippy there was little change out of 30 pounds. As said before bag of spuds and a chicken for a fiver job done.
 

yin ewe

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Co Antrim
Food isn’t too expensive it’s been artificially cheap the past thirty years and people have got used to it. There are people who are genuinely struggling and I feel for them but others? One family on the news borrowing money off their children to eat.turns out eating meant the chippy. Last time our family ate in chippy there was little change out of 30 pounds. As said before bag of spuds and a chicken for a fiver job done.

Most people wouldn't know what to do with a bag of spuds as they don't come in a packet washed, boiled, mashed and microwavable.
 

capfits

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When people are going hungry in this country what is going wrong? Wholesome food is available cheaply at point of production. Too many other things deemed essential must be diverting expenditure from food. Big houses, periodical kitchen fittings changeout, roasting hot rooms in winter, Chelsea tractors, latest lphones, foreign holidays, stupid hairstyles, pet beauty salons, internet forums, it'all too much!
Do you really think those on low incomes actually have any of the above?
I seriously doubt it is anymore than an aspiration for those on the lowest working incomes. They really are feeling the pinch, possibly to the detriment of their health and those they care for.

However, those that believe they are there, may have some or indeed all of these items.
A number will have it all on tick, most will have some on tick. They will squeal like he'll, go bankrupt, but no starve.
 
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teslacoils

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
The food shop is also seemingly what is done with the last money that's left over after other bills.

I mean, does a family of four require four mobile phones, a TV in each room? Streaming services etc.

Food, shelter, warmth. And the fact is you can live in a smaller house and with the heating off, but you can't live without food.
 

manhill

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To be fair, it's not right for those on the lowest rung to suffer food deprivation. No, we should all share the pain.
The solution is food rationing. To ensure it's done fairly, the death penalty must be meted out if black market trading in food takes place.
That's the way to do it! No more reasons to moan.
 

yin ewe

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Co Antrim
Do you really think those on low incomes actually have any of the above?
I seriously doubt it is anymore than an aspiration for those on the lowest working incomes. They really are feeling the pinch, possibly to the detriment of their health and those they care for.

However, those that believe they are there, may have some or indeed all of these items.
A number will have it all on tick, most will have some on tick. They will squeal like he'll, go bankrupt, but no starve.

There is no need for anyone to starve when a 20kg bag of spuds is £10. We use roughly a bag a month for our family (2 adults 3 under 10s) so 33p/day plus whatever meat and veg along with it. Mrs yin will always buy whole chickens etc which is cheaper than buying already prepared fillets, thighs/drumsticks etc.
The problem of perceived food poverty is due to the fact that people don't want to prepare food from scratch, so have to pay extra for the supermarkets to prepare it for them.
 

bobk

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Location
stafford
There is no need for anyone to starve when a 20kg bag of spuds is £10. We use roughly a bag a month for our family (2 adults 3 under 10s) so 33p/day plus whatever meat and veg along with it. Mrs yin will always buy whole chickens etc which is cheaper than buying already prepared fillets, thighs/drumsticks etc.
The problem of perceived food poverty is due to the fact that people don't want to prepare food from scratch so have to pay extra for the supermarkets to prepare it for them.
Wait until this winter when the humungous gas and leccy bills hit the door , then they'll have something to cry about
 

bobk

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Location
stafford
The 'bag of spuds is cheap' always gets trotted out. It is easy for farmers to think like that. For millions of people, living on their own, in a flat on the 12th floor, with the nearest bag of spuds 5 bus changes away, it's about as relevant as saying go catch a fish.
How much does it cost to feed you every day ?
 

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