According to Statistics Canada, Canadians are paying about 30 per cent more for carrots than they were in February. The same might also be true for a number of root vegetables, including potatoes and onions, which have gone up in price respectively by 10 and 20 per cent each.
Food banks and the Canadians who access them, are prime examples of people who will be most significantly affected, said Amanda Colella-King, interim director of Feed Ontario, formerly the Association of Ontario Food Bank. She noted that 90 per cent of individuals who access food banks are already spending almost three-quarters of their income on housing. Therefore, when food prices increase — even marginally — they may have trouble making ends meet.
Reason for prices going up
According to a number of experts in produce supply chains, this likely has to do with excessive rain during harvest season, which has impacted supply.
“Late last year we had a lot of rain and weather impacting the main areas where we grow. Root vegetables, like onions, like potatoes, like carrots in areas such as New Brunswick and also in areas of the U.S.,” explained Simon Somogyi, Chair of the Business School of Hospitality and Management at the University of Guelph.
According to globalnews.ca, the price of carrots has gone up by $0.61 per kilogram since February 2019, while the price of onions has gone up by $0.51 per kilogram and the price of potatoes has gone up by $0.99 per kilogram.