What happens if Canada's protective bubble bursts?
- May 7, 2008 8:56 AM |
- By Amber Hildebrandt
If it wasn't for the fact that I work in the media, I'd have no idea food prices were rising catastrophically around the world. My grocery bill, last I checked, seemed about right. And that's likely the case for most Canadians.
But analysts warn that our protective bubble is about to burst.
And I can't help but wonder how Canadians will react. Riots and protests the likes of those seen in developing countries around the world are highly unlikely. Here at home, the reaction will be muted.
Will Canadians simply borrow from our entertainment pot to pay for costlier food? Or will we see a surge in the already trendy locavore culture, with city dwellers buying up fashionable Eglus to raise chickens in their backyards or buying from area farmers instead of the grocery store?
Or perhaps institutions and families here will look south of the 49th parallel for inspiration, where Associated Press reported Monday that some university cafeterias have begun paring down their portions in an effort to reduce costs.
Even Harvard, one of the richest universities in the U.S., tried to cut back on pricier ingredients in its dining hall, pulling whole grain pasta and cherry tomatoes from its menu. The changes didn't last long in the face of student outrage. Other schools were more creative to try to keep food costs down, with some eliminating trays to keep students from grabbing more food.
How about you? How do you plan to adjust to rising food prices?
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