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Fight Food Inflation!

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Getting to Know Sylvain Charlebois:  

The MoneySaver Podcast with Sylvain Charlebois and Ellen RosemanDr. Sylvain Charlebois is a Professor in food distribution and policy in the Faculties of Management and Agriculture at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is also the Senior Director of the Agri-food Analytics Lab, also located at Dalhousie University.

He has authored five books on global food systems, his most recent one published in 2017 by Wiley-Blackwell entitled “Food Safety, Risk Intelligence and Benchmarking”.

He also has a podcast called "The Food Professor" and is the author of Canada's Food Price Report.

Questions Asked:

4:34 Shrinkflation is nothing new and if a government defines a product as a snack, it is subject to tax.  And your research shows that there are many more products in that taxable category. 

8:21 Do you see that as maybe an issue to bring up to CRA and provincial sales tax entities so that we aren’t penalizing families?

10:17 How about tipflation!!

13:25 Food waste and best before dates! I understand that best before dates are needed but that it’s ok to eat some foods past their best before dates!

15:32 On your podcast called the Food Professor, you were talking about how Skip The Dishes put together an inflation cookbook!

21:08 We really need to know more about how to cook in an economical way since take-out food is less healthy and can be quite costly.

22:32 I notice that you can now get a home-cooked meal delivered to your house. But not from a restaurant. 

23:16 What do you think about the discounted items in the supermarket that you need “eat them tonight” or the “naturally imperfect” items?

24:41 What does the Food Professor do to save money in times of high food prices?

26:36 I was looking at your food price report and I noticed that Bakery items have the biggest jump in prices!

27:27 What tips do you have for families who wish to eat healthy in a fiscally responsible manner?


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