Aug 21 2014
Modef, agricultural union organizing today directe1 selling fruit and vegetables in Paris to denounce the margins of supermarkets, a study reveals that prices fruits2 and vegetables3 fell this summer. According to the observatory Families rurales4, fruit prices fell 12% and vegetables by 3% in the summer compared to last year. "This is good news for consumers, but it remains in perspective relative to 2013 that was very bad because of the weather. It's more of a catch-up compared to 2012, "says Dominique Marmier, president of the Consumers' Association.
In 2013, the price of fruit had flambé5 effect of 14% , while that of vegetables increased by 17% from 2012! Now the average price of a kilo of fruit to 3.34 euros, and a kilo of vegetables costs on average 2.14 euros. Even the bio grimacing: organic vegetables saw their prices decline by 11%, according to the observatory.
In addition, the observatory noted a greater presence of French products in supermarkets. In fact, of 16 fruits and vegetables on the stalls studied, nine are imported from abroad, while they were 10 last year. The difference between foreign and French products would even be reduced to 7 euro cents, according to the observatory.
"We risk losing our productive tools and employment"
If apples, eggplant and French melons6 were able to place on the shelves, c is due to the good harvest of domestic producers. Lower prices also reflects this early printemps7. In fact, the normal harvest dates were postponed, foreign products arrived earlier in the store, forcing the French distributors to align the foreign price.
But, conversely, bad weather in August should revise this good news. As such, Luc Barbier, president of the National Federation of Fruit Producers, says that "the fall in prices is a reality, but it would have to actually see the end of the period récolte8 instant payday loan lenders." The gloomy weather
August further generates a lower consumption of fruits and vegetables in France. Luc Barbier also denounces comparators prix9 and promotions great distribution10 being "nourished the idea that fruits and vegetables are national overpriced so the French consume less. Supermarkets then responds by slashing prices. We risk losing our productive tools and employment in the sector. " Dominique Marmier Rural Families, 11estime him that "économique12 crisis also cause consumers to rethink their spending. The French have less power to achat13 so they consume less. "
But good news for consumers, lower prices could rise following the embargo russe14. France exported 31.5 million tonnes of fruits, citrus and vegetables to Russia in 2013. By importing products the Baltic countries or Poland, Russia likely to hinder the French market. It would end then flooded with Polish apples, more competitive. A hypothesis that puts Dominique Marmier: "In theory, there should be no concern to the extent that Europe supports the producers." The European Commission has indeed released on Monday a budget of 125 million euros to rescue fisheries and nectarines15. Citizens seem also mobilized by the embargo: a wave of "selfruits" (a selfie with fruit) took social networks for some time. Initiatives that aim to support the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
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