As the cost of wheat is on the rise, meat prices have been pushed up to be at their highest in 20 years, compared with the cost of fish which has fallen by 8% over the past 3 years. Making fish one of the few foodstuffs to have done so in recent years.
The trend is a reflection of the changing cost of fuel and grain, both of which are required to farm pigs and cattle, whereas fishing uses less fuel and no feed.
These economic changes look set to affect the British diet. As meat becomes more expensive, and fish lowers in price (not to mention the fact that the country is still in the midst of a recession), it is only inevitable that fish will become a larger part of our meal times.
It is also thought that environmental issues and health concerns will contribute to changing consumption levels. Kirtana Chandrasekaran, of Friends of the Earth stated “It is not only cheaper to eat less overall meat but has health and environmental benefits”.
With fish oil being proven to aid in the relief of many ailments, including heart disease, arthritis and depression, it would seem that a change in diet might be just what the doctor ordered for many, and for the rest of the nation, just think of the money you could save by swapping meat for fish.