Social association: Fruit and vegetables are becoming a luxury for the poor

Released on 23.09. 2021

  • Social associations and nutrition experts warn of the social and health consequences of the sharp rise in prices for healthy food. Photo: Jens B├╝ttner

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Food prices are skyrocketing – vegetables and salad in particular are becoming almost luxury goods. Social associations warn of health consequences, especially for poorer people.

Berlin (dpa) – Social associations and nutrition experts warn of the social and health consequences of the sharp rise in prices for healthy food the price increases finally become a luxury good that they can no longer afford, “said the president of the social association VdK, Verena Bentele, the” Tagesspiegel “(Thursday).

According to the According to the Federal Statistical Office, food prices rose by 4.6 percent year-on-year in August. In the end, consumers had to pay nine percent more for vegetables than a year ago, and lettuce was even scarce 38 percent more expensive. In the case of fruit, the price increase was 2.5 percent.

In the Hartz IV standard rate, just five euros a day are provided for food, criticized Bentele. “That was not enough for a balanced diet, as studies have shown,” said the VdK President. “The fact that the standard rate has now been increased by a ridiculous three euros confirms how consistently the government ignores the vital needs of people with basic security.”

The Hartz IV standard rate for single adults should in January by three to 449 euros per month. The cabinet had initiated a corresponding ordinance from the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs last week. Overall, recipients of unemployment benefit II, social assistance and basic security in old age and with reduced earning capacity receive 0, 76 percent more money. The currently clearly rising consumer prices have not yet been included in the calculation of the rates, they should only be taken into account for 2023.

The German Diabetes Society (DDG) and the German Alliance for Noncommunicable Diseases (DANK) demanded that healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables and nuts be exempt from VAT. In return, unhealthy, highly sugary products, such as soft drinks, should be subject to a higher tax of 29 percent. “Families with a weak socio-economic background also benefit from this, as it makes it easier for them to financially access fresh fruit and vegetables,” said DDG managing director Barbara Bitzer to the Tagesspiegel.

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