It’s starting to get expensive for five fruits and vegetables a day… Between 2021 and 2022, the basket of fruits and vegetables from conventional (non-organic) agriculture “increased by 11%, i.e. twice as much as inflation, yet already very strong,” reveals Rural Families in a press release. For fruits, the average increase is 8% and for vegetables 15%. In organic, which is more expensive, the increases are less pronounced, with +4% for fruit and even a 3% drop in the price of vegetables.
These increases are very disparate depending on the product. For those of conventional agriculture, we find watermelon (+40% in one year), peach (+25%), pepper (+37%), vine tomato (+31%) or green beans ( +21%) are also among the most inflationary products. Conversely, onions (-14%), apples (-7%) or carrots (-3%) are cheaper on average than the previous year. In organic farming, peaches (+28%), lemons (+13%), watermelons (+11%) and peppers (+10%) are the products whose price has risen the most, while many vegetables have seen their prices stagnate or fall.
Blame it on rising production costs
The cause of these price increases “is essentially due to the inflationary shock also suffered by producers, which has led to a sharp increase in production and packaging costs”, notes Rural Families. The more limited increase in organic prices is explained, according to the association, by the lower use of inputs and above all by a greater difficulty in selling production, consumers “seeming to have turned away from the most expensive food products” .
More stretched out over time, “from May 2012 to May 2022, the prices of fresh fruit increased by +42% and those of fresh vegetables by 37%”. At the same time, food prices and the general consumer price index “increased by 15% and 13% respectively”.