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Less meat, more pasta: how the economic crisis is changing Argentina's diet

Updated : October 30, 2018 06:41 PM IST

Like most Argentines, Sabrina Pozo used to eat meat several times a week. But soaring inflation and the collapse of Argentina's currency, the peso, since April have forced her to abruptly change her diet. "My habits changed a lot. Before, maybe I made beef Milanese (breaded cutlet) once a week and roast beef once a week," Pozo, 36, said. "Now, maybe I won't make roast beef or I choose to make chicken, which is a little cheaper," said Pozo, a flight attendant who lives with her daughter in an apartment in Buenos Aires. "More pasta, more rice." Beef is making a rarer appearance at the dinner tables of middle-class families as the country spirals deeper into economic turmoil, a Reuters review of meat industry data and interviews with consumers, butchers and ranchers has found. It's one of the clearest signs of how far Argentines have seen their purchasing power slashed by inflation, which is expected to surpass 44 percent by year's end, according to the latest central bank poll.

Sabrina Pozo gets milk from the refrigerator her kitchen in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
Sabrina Pozo gets milk from the refrigerator her kitchen in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
Sabrina Pozo kisses her daughter Sofia as she heats up milk in her kitchen in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
Sabrina Pozo kisses her daughter Sofia as she heats up milk in her kitchen in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
Sabrina Pozo stands in the kitchen next to her daughter Sofia at their home in Buenos Aires, Argentina Photo Credit-Reuters
Sabrina Pozo stands in the kitchen next to her daughter Sofia at their home in Buenos Aires, Argentina Photo Credit-Reuters
A man looks at meat on display inside a butcher shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
A man looks at meat on display inside a butcher shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
A woman pays for her purchase at a butcher shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
A woman pays for her purchase at a butcher shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
A butcher cuts meat at a butcher shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
A butcher cuts meat at a butcher shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
A butcher grabs a piece of meat at a butcher shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
A butcher grabs a piece of meat at a butcher shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
A cook Horacio Sarabia prepares meat to be grilled at a barbecue restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
A cook Horacio Sarabia prepares meat to be grilled at a barbecue restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
A cook Horacio Sarabia prepares meat to be grilled at a barbecue restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina  Photo Credit-Reuters
A cook Horacio Sarabia prepares meat to be grilled at a barbecue restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina  Photo Credit-Reuters
Pieces of beef and pork are being cooked in a traditional barbecue way at a restaurant as people walk by in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
Pieces of beef and pork are being cooked in a traditional barbecue way at a restaurant as people walk by in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
People walk by a barbecue restaurant as pieces of beef and pork are being cooked in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
People walk by a barbecue restaurant as pieces of beef and pork are being cooked in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
A man unloads cattle carcasses from a truck outside a butcher shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
A man unloads cattle carcasses from a truck outside a butcher shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
Two men unload cattle carcasses from a truck outside a butcher shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
Two men unload cattle carcasses from a truck outside a butcher shop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Credit-Reuters
Cows graze in a farm near Sunchales, Argentina, April 6, 2018. Photo Credit-Reuters
Cows graze in a farm near Sunchales, Argentina, April 6, 2018. Photo Credit-Reuters
Published : October 30, 2018 06:41 PM IST
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