Food prices changing global consumption behaviors

Global food prices have increased 37 percent in the past year. Researchers at the United Nations expect prices to stay high.

Roughly two-fifths of people in 17 countries say high food prices have changed what they eat. People in poorer nations are hit hardest by increased costs according to Bloomberg.

A survey conducted for Oxfam International indicates that more than half of the 16,000 respondents are eating different food than they were two years ago.

“Huge numbers of people, especially in the world’s poorest countries, are cutting back on the quantity or quality of the food they eat because of rising food prices,” Raymond Offenheiser, the president of the U.S. affiliate of Oxford, UK- based Oxfam, said in a report. (PDF)

The Guardian has an interactive graphic that provides detail on price changes of the global food supply. Take a look at how wild sugar prices have been.

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Is your family feeling the pinch? What are you doing differently in the kitchen?

  • John P.

    There’s a bit less meat, but that’s probably a good thing for our cholesterol counts.