Fruits and Vegetables: Eat Less, Pay More

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Nutritionists are always telling everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables. You might think this would be harder to do when the economy goes bad, and you would be right.

The United Fresh Research and Education Foundation, an arm of the produce industry, keeps track of such things. Its latest report makes interesting, if depressing, reading. People bought about 3 percent less produce in 2008 than they did in 2007, but paid about 2 percent more for that smaller amount. No wonder people are complaining that they can't afford to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Don't we need to do something about this?

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Marion Nestle is a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of Food Politics, Safe Food, What to Eat, and Pet Food Politics. More

Nestle also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised edition, 2007), Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003), and What to Eat (2006). Her most recent book is Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat. She writes the Food Matters column for The San Francisco Chronicle and blogs almost daily at Food Politics.

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