“The danger is that of a permanent social gap between those who can afford to buy all types of food and those who are forced to eliminate certain foods from their diet”, Censis.
“Italians and food in crises and beyond”, this is the title of the report by Coldiretti in collaboration with census which photographs the response of Italians at the table to high prices.
52% of households cut the food in quantity or quality. If we consider the poorest groups, 60% have reduced the amount of food they put on the table. Alcohol and desserts have already been cut by 44% of Italians, followed by cured meats eliminated by 39% and fish, which 38% of those interviewed gave up. They hold fruit, vegetables and pasta. “The danger – underlines the Censis – is that of a permanent social gap between those who can afford to buy all types of food and those who are forced to eliminate certain foods from their diet. Meanwhile, to respond to the energy crisis, 50% of the ovens remain switched off.”
Massimiliano Valerii, General Director of Censis, told TeleAmbiente: “We have a highly discontinuous picture with the recent past due to double-digit inflation that we have not seen for four decades. In terms of purchases, the first reaction on the part of families was to cut back, 52% of Italians either reduced the quantity of products purchased or, in some cases, gave up on quality. There is greater diligence in shopping at discount stores, with a penalization above all of the less well-off social classes, naturally inflation penalizes above all the popular classes. There is a subjective arbitrage in the field that tends to favor, despite the increase in prices, the typical products of the Italian diet: fruit, vegetables and pasta, although pasta had a price increase in October, over 20 percentage points on an annual basis. ”
Regarding the adaptation to the high energy cost which sees 50% of the ovens remain switched off, Valerii adds: “ These are micro behaviors of daily life evidently aimed at saving money, it is clear that we look with concern at the drain on expensive bills for which, for example, some appliances, such as the oven, are kept off to save on energy consumption.CopyAMP code.