Tuesday, February 10, 2009

But the Chips Were So Much Cheaper...

Is this not utterly depressing? Apparently a new study by the Heart and Stroke Foundation has found that food pricing across the country can vary hugely for a lot of healthy foods. How much, you say? Well, in Toronto, you pay about $1 for a bag of 6 apples. In Calgary, you pay over $5. Sorry, but what? And it's not like this is a "who cares" item of interest either. We're hardly eating well as a country as it is.
My favourite quote from another article on this study:

"You have to wonder why we control the price of alcohol but allow such price inconsistencies for healthy food - and not just in remote regions of the country - but even between larger metropolitan areas."
Well, at least we know we all pay the same amount for something, eh?

3 comments:

XUP said...

Apples only have to travel a few miles from the nearest farm to Toronto, but a whole lot more miles from the nearest farm to Calgary. That makes all the difference. Alcohol is alcohol. It lasts forever and doesn't need to get somewhere in a refrigerated truck within a few hours

citizen of the world said...

I think the government should subsidize healthy foods and lay a tax penalty of junk food.

noha said...

XUP, I know, but I don't care... Some difference in price I can understand, but for God's sake, make a little effort to help people at least try to be healthy.
COTW, I agree. The best form of health care is prevention of illness to begin with...