France: Fruit and vegetable prices went up 9% between 2019 and 2021, according to Familles Rurales

The Familles Rurales association recently published its 15th Observatory of consumer prices. The report shows a contained inflation in 2021, but the prices of fruit and vegetables alone increased by 9% between 2019 and 2021. 

“With an increase of nearly 10% in two years, it is not surprising to see some consumers turn their back on them, especially those who have a small budget,” according to the association, which calls for the implementation of the fruit and vegetable check in 2022.

Organic products are far from being accessible to all
The association has calculated that, in order to eat in accordance with the recommendations of the French nutritional and health plan, a family of four (2 adults, 1 teenager and 1 child) would have to spend between 450 euros [511 USD] (respecting seasonality and diversity of the categories, but having to buy more basic products) and 1,148 euros [1,303 USD] on organic products. “At that price, going fully organic is far from accessible to all.”

The association calls for a more ambitious policy
“Familles Rurales calls on the French public authorities to develop a much more ambitious policy that promotes healthy eating and allows everyone to have access to it.”

“Investing in a nutritional program combining prevention and assistance to the most vulnerable is the key to curb the development of too many diseases linked to the (excessive) consumption of products that are too fatty, too sweet and too salty.

Gap with the prices from overseas
A survey was conducted to compare the prices for the same products between metropolitan France and the overseas regions of Reunion, Mayotte, Guadeloupe and Martinique. “The same basket of products costs nearly 50% more than in metropolitan France.”

This survey from Familles Rurales was conducted in February, April, June and October 2021 in 148 stores (hypermarkets, supermarkets, discount stores and shops specialized in organic products).

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