Higher Prices, Lesser Food for an Aussie Christmas Celebration

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The prices of fresh produce have increased as we fast approach Christmas day. 

A fruit seller, Ms Policheni, commented, “there is always an alternative”, advising Australian consumers to stick with cheaper alternatives this holiday season.

“If people want asparagus and it’s dear, why not go for a broccoli or broccolini,” she suggested.

“Your silverbeets, you can always use kales.

“Christmas lunch with vegetables. Have your root vegetables instead, potatoes and pumpkins. There is always an alternative.”

The following fresh produce has increased their prices recently:

  • Apricots – from $7.90 to $12.93
  • Cherries – from $6.50 to $8.50
  • Whole chicken – 35 per cent higher
  • 1-kilogram Roast Pork – 16 per cent higher
  • Six-pack Bread Rolls – 25 per cent higher 

Additionally, dairy products, specifically free-range eggs and milk, have gone up to almost a dollar and 50 cents, respectively. Seafood is also affected as it has increased by 13 per cent compared to last year.

“Oyster prices are going to be similar … but because of the floods and rains, there’s not as many oysters available,” said Queen Victoria Market Fishmonger Lisa Ryland.

She thinks the recent flooding in the southeast part of Australia is one of the main inflation factors.

“But the farmed fish, which is very popular, like the salmon and ocean trout, that’s gone up by 30 per cent this year.”

Though the increase will affect almost all citizens, the impact from one household to another will vary.

Other Australians may lessen the extravagance of their celebration, yet others can have a hard time providing food at the table.

This scenario is quite contrary to what is expected. The country has a robust food system to feed 60 million people. Thus, everyone should have food to consume for this holiday season.

“The latest CPI estimates inflation is 9 per cent across the board, but we are seeing fresh produce being the most affected. Everyday Australians aren’t to blame for this,” Deakin University’s Dr Zorbas told ABC.

“We’re in a cost-of-living crisis.” 

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