A joint report released on Tuesday says that overall food prices are set to rise between 1.5 and 3.5 per cent over the next year. But the report says that Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the rest of the Atlantic Provinces, will see an increase that is below the national average.
Kristie Jameson, executive director of Food First NL, told Paddy Daly on the VOCM Morning Show that this isn’t necessarily good news. She says that for people already struggling to buy food, any increase is too much.
One of the biggest hikes will be a 4 to 6 per cent increase in the price of fruits and vegetables, something that Jameson says is concerning because Newfoundland and Labrador already has some of the lowest consumption rates for fruits and vegetables, and some of the highest rates of diet related health issues.