Healthy and Affordable Food is a Growing Concern for Canadians

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Do you watch what you eat and how much you spend on food?

If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent press release, late research uncovered by the Canadian Center for Food Integrity (CCFI) showed that Canadians are stressed over the increasing expense of food and the affordability of healthy food.

When asked to rate their level from worry on some issues going from health care, economy and unemployment to climate change and rising energy costs, 67 percent of Canadians suggested they’re most concerned about the rising cost of food.

Keeping healthy food affordable was rated second at 63 percent, alongside rising energy costs and increasing health care costs.

A stunning 55 percent of Canadians were most concerned with the safety of food imported from outside the country.

“The results tell us today’s consumers are not only looking for affordable food options, but they also are likewise uncertain about many aspects about food and the food system and are looking to know more from credible sources,” Crystal Mackay, CCFI president, said in a recent press release.

The survey results also showed a significant drop in the number of Canadian consumers who feel the country’s food system is headed in the right direction.

“Canadians want some, trustworthy data about food so they can feel confident about their choices for themselves and their families. It’s up to the whole food chain to increase the volume and efforts to openly share information about food and how it’s delivered, prepared and bundled with consumers.”

The 2018 web-based survey was completed in July by 1,509 respondents who reflect the general Canadian consumer population aged 18 or older.

To view the survey results, visit www.foodintegrity.ca.

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