Rising food prices changing what we eat, Oxfam says

People across the world are changing their eating habits because of the rising cost of food, according to a survey of 17 countries carried out by Oxfam and released yesterday.

More than half of those questioned, or 53 per cent, have modified their diet in the last two years, with 39 per cent of those who had changed what they eat blaming higher prices.

In Kenya, 76 per cent of respondents said they had changed their diet with 79 per cent blaming the price of food. The second highest percentage was in South Africa with 69 per cent. But Western countries have also been affected with 55 per cent of people in the US saying they were no longer eating the same foods as two years ago, and 31 per cent of Americans said it was because of higher prices.

Overall, cost was by far the biggest concern about food, with 66 per cent citing it as one of their main worries.

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