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.