Ballina couple Joshua Backshall and Kimberly Liddle, pictured with baby Jayden.
Ballina couple Joshua Backshall and Kimberly Liddle, pictured with baby Jayden. The Northern Star

Price of food set to soar

BALLINA mum Kimberly Liddle is dreading her next visit to the supermarket checkout, after experts warned of food price rises of up to 50 per cent before the end of the year as a world food shortage hits home.

On top of the massive increases in housing and petrol prices, the latest prediction will hit low-income earners like Ms Liddle hardest. She will have to spend between 30 and 35 per cent of the family's weekly income on food.

"This is just another smack in the face, and what's worse is that this will affect my baby," Ms Liddle said. Fruit and vegetables are expected to be the worst hit, while bread, milk, cheese and meat will be close behind.

Ms Liddle said that with an already empty cupboard, she would have to cut back on basic necessities if prices increased.

"Fruit and vegies are a big part of baby Jayden's diet, so I'm concerned about having to cut down on his intake of this vital food group," she said.

Ms Liddle is a stay-at-home mum and although her partner Joshua Backshall works, the increase in petrol prices and now food is taking its toll.

"We gave up our car as we couldn't afford petrol, and now we will have to give up the small luxuries we have," she said.

Ms Liddle is also concerned that this new 'smack in the face' will also prevent her from affording childcare, resulting in her not being able to return to work.

"It's now a case of just sticking to the very basics and hoping the government will do something. If prices are increasing, then so should wages," she said.

The grim outlook comes as recent Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed rising food prices had pushed inflation to 4.2 per cent for the year to March, making it the highest level in 16 years.


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