Food prices are rising fast, and people are paying more for their groceries because of the increase in the cost of production, says food container and food producer Brian Wigdor.
In 2018, the average retail price for organic food in Canada was $7.65 per kilogram, up 5.2 per cent from 2017, according to the Association of Canadian Food Producers.
That compares to $3.95 per kilo in 2016, according the organization.
The prices of some fruits and vegetables, too, are up.
In 2018, fresh produce prices rose 7.7 per cent compared to the previous year.
Wigdor, who is with the Organic Consumers Association of Canada, says there are two main reasons for the increase: cheaper labour costs and the high cost of food processing.
“I think it’s more than just labour costs, there are other costs that come into play.
They can include a whole lot of the things that go into a lot of our food supply chain, which is processing and packing and shipping,” he said.
“So a lot more food goes through these processes than just the processing.”
You know, the processing is the biggest cost in the supply chain.
“In the meantime, people are going to go into the food pantry, which may be a good place to start.
Some people have already started the food banks and are putting together the list of things they need, Wigdo says.
He also encourages people to use the food bank’s online tool, to help them choose what they need to eat, and then send a list of their grocery needs to the food agency.”
They’ll have all their basic needs.
They’ll have whatever they need for their kids.
They’re going to send it to the agency, and it will be there for them to fill out,” he explained.
If you are struggling with food costs, Wicdor said, you should consider a variety of solutions.
Find out how you can make it easier for yourself and your family to live sustainably.