Food Price Hikes: Less Lunch To Munch


Much like a monkey aboard a 1960s Space Rocket it appears food prices don’t want to come back down to earth either.  A brand of chocolate that is now banned at Auckland Zoo seems to be partly responsible. Apparently the increase in Grocery Sub Group One was driven by a price increase for chocolate that was ‘influenced by a decrease in the size of some chocolate blocks’.

Alarmingly one of my favourite characters from the Munch Bunch Tom Tomato has also skyrocketed in price. Lettuce is up too but this vegetable was too unhip to have a dedicated Munch Bunch character so doesn’t have a snazzy cartoon persona.

But it’s not all slightly bad news – it’s actually even worse news when one realises that apparently recessions love fast food global mega burger corp.  Of course none of the above food price rises for veges coupled with a potential boom in fast food will help our obesity problem.

Also not helping is the government decision to allow any old rubbish back into our schools by getting rid of the healthy food guidelines.  In keeping with modern times how soon will it be before the nation’s youth are dosing up on some cocaine and downing a few demons before hitting their enviro-schools study – oh hang on the funding to that’s gone

Anyway you can save the kids from the threat of demons and cocaine by signing Sue K’s petition to keep schools a healthy place for kids and food – while there’s still time!

6 Comments Posted

  1. About the chocolate that is now banned at Auckland Zoo – there is a petition about it at:

    The petition reads:

    “Cadbury have long been a household favourite throughout New Zealand, even recently being voted NZ’s most trusted brand last. Unfortunately they rapidly dishonoured this title with the introduction of Palm Oil into their

    Palm Oil is labelled as Vegetable Fat on their chocolate labels. It decreases the quality and pleasant taste of the chocolate, it is higher in saturated fat, and the Palm Oil industry is one of the leading causes of deforestation in Indonesia.

    Orangutans are on the brink of extinction due to this industry. Both the Bornean and Sumatran subspecies will be extinct in 12 years unless the slash and burn of rainforests to create Palm Oil plantations is slowed. Countless other endangered plants, animals and local people are also suffering.

    Many responsible companies are looking for ways to decrease their use of Palm Oil due to the difficulty in finding a truly sustainable source.
    It has been shocking to countless numbers of Cadbury fans to find that Cadbury have gone the opposite direction and increased their usage!

    Although Cadbury claim to be using Sustainable Palm Oil we question this claim as they have yet to back it up with details and proof. They justify their use of this product by touting their membership of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) but as yet being on the RSPO does not require any commitment other than paying a fee. There are a number of companies that belong to the RSPO who continue to destroy rainforest while using their membership as a cover.

    Cadbury has the ability to become pioneers and lead the way for other global corporations by expending the extra effort and money required to make positive changes. Cadbury – we implore you to remove Palm Oil from your NZ chocolate products. We will boycott your products as long as they contain Palm Oil that is not 100% CSPO.”

  2. I agree about growing your own, or support your local market gardens in your area. There is one side effect that needs to be watched from grow your own. Do we make it less profitable for our local growers to supply our market, therefore give more impetus to the big timers are often mainly for export, we get the seconds.

    This is just a problem with our present structures.

    I have a huge problem with the inflation counting as the real things we need are hidden amongst a whole lot of imported consumer goods that usually go down when our economy is not performing because of our dollar float. Then the mechanism to deal with it all is interest rates which assumes that all the spending is based on this. Look at a time of inflation and the interest rates go up justifying the Banks to take a bigger slice of this money to put back into inflation – too much money chasing too few goods. Now at the other end of the process we have Bollard trying to talk the interest down and the Banks creaming it again, and National is damping it down.

    Never mind, the present growth strategies are being hammered by resources diminishing, population decreasing, skills shortage that immigration is not successfully dealing with as a big proportion of the skilled immigrants are running back home from our crazy economy.

  3. Another reason to grow your own.

    Tomatoes Frog – we’ve found that growing the smaller, more numerous ‘cherry’ tomatoes is the best value for money/effort. The ‘big reds’ or even purple-blacks like ‘Black Krim’ or ‘Purple Cherokees’ are interesting but less productive over all.

    I know a guy.. who gets his tomato seedlings free by visiting some sewerage outlet somewhere, in early spring (watch your step!)

    Solanum – fruits shaped like the sun. Got your potatoes out in the light yet? Try ‘Kowiniwini’ – large, round (solanums) purple with white ‘eyes’ and really nice to eat. The best of the ‘Maori’ potatoes, I reckon and they grow high!

  4. I used to love the Munch Bunch books as a kid….. wonder if you can still get them anywhere?

    Another reason to remove GST off basic food items?

  5. “Alarmingly one of my favourite characters from the Munch Bunch Tom Tomato has also skyrocketed in price.”

    Um, frog: tomatoes are summer fruit. Making them grow in the middle of winter needs expensive heated greenhouses or expensive transport from warmer climes. Every winter, tomatoes get expensive. Every summer, cheap.

    I recommend you grow a lot in summer and bottle/can/preserve all you can to see you through the winter months.

  6. With food inflation and power price inflation much higher than the CPI average – those (on lower incomes) whose major spending is necessarily on food and power are undergoing a decline in their standard of living.

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