What? Fruit and vege prices are cheaper? Without removing GST?

You won’t hear much from Labour and the Green talking about lowering GST on fruit and veges in order to make them more affordable.

That is because they are already very sharply priced because of changing seasons. Prices for fruit and vege are actually falling.

Food prices have continued to climb in the past year – but the good news is that a flood of seasonal veges has dramatically cut the cost of making a salad.

Prices rose 1.2 per cent in the year to September, the biggest annual increase since February last year.

But New Zealanders’ overall grocery bills were largely unchanged from August to last month as increases for milk and pork were offset by falling prices for vegetables coming into season.

The warmer weather helped to drive down the prices of lettuce (44 per cent), cucumber (27 per cent), capsicum (26 per cent) and tomatoes (8.4 per cent) in September compared to August. 

David Farrar has a handy chart that shows the seasonal fluctuations…except under Labour where food prices went up year on year from 2005-2008.

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Information like this shows up the stupidity of Labour’s policy.


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