Food Costs Soar But Healthy Eating Still Affordable

February 25, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Healthy food is still affordable for the average
family, despite the cost of food skyrocketing by 20 per cent since 2000, according to new
The survey, in Nutrition & Dietetics published by Wiley-Blackwell, found rising food costs have
been matched by increasing average incomes and welfare payments, making the affordability of
healthy food about the same as it was in 2000.

Researchers compared the results of the Illawarra Healthy Food Basket survey between 2000 and
2007 to monitor the affordability of healthy eating over time.

According to the survey, vegetables and fruit increased in price the most – by 56 per cent and 47
per cent, respectively. But the cost of bread, cereals and dairy foods stayed the same or even
dropped over the seven-year period.

‘It’s concerning that fruit and vegetable prices have gone up the most. Our study shows this rise
has been offset by other prices coming down and by the increase in people’s income. So putting
healthy food on the table is still possible even in this day and age,’ said study co-author and
Accredited Practising Dietitian Associate Professor Peter Williams.

‘Now more than ever, the Government needs to focus its policies on reducing the cost of healthy
food like fruit and vegetables. All Australians should be able to access healthy foods at a
reasonable price,’ said Claire Hewat, Executive Director of the Dietitians Association of

‘With warnings that climate change will put upward pressure on food prices, we’re encouraging
Australians to prepare more homemade meals from basic food items, like fruit and vegetables.
And this survey shows that it’s cheaper to buy fresh foods from the supermarket than to eat out,’
said Ms Hewat.

Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition & Dietetics is Australia and New Zealand’s leading peer-reviewed journal in its field. Covering
all aspects of food, nutrition and dietetics, the Journal provides a forum for the reporting, discussion and
development of scientifically credible knowledge related to human nutrition and dietetics.

Widely respected in Australia and around the world, Nutrition & Dietetics publishes original research,
methodology analyses, commentaries and viewpoints, research reviews, book reviews and much more.
The Journal aims to keep health professionals abreast of current knowledge on human nutrition and diet,
and accepts contributions from around the world.

About Wiley-Blackwell

Wiley-Blackwell was formed in February 2007 as a result of the acquisition of Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and its merger with Wiley’s Scientific, Technical, and Medical business.
Together, the companies have created a global publishing business with deep strength in every major
academic and professional field. Wiley-Blackwell publishes approximately 1,400 scholarly peer-reviewed

journals and an extensive collection of books with global appeal. For more information on Wiley-
Blackwell, please visit or

About Wiley

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for
200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Since 1901,
Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 350 Nobel laureates in all
categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology/Medicine, Chemistry and Peace.

Our core businesses include scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books,
and online products and services; professional/trade publishes books, subscription products, training
materials, and online applications and websites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate
students and lifelong learners. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with
operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s Web site can be accessed at The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa
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