Hartz 4: Is healthy eating possible? SPD spokesman harvests criticism

Groceries are getting more expensive. However, a healthy diet is still possible, an SPD spokeswoman said, drawing heavy criticism.

the prices of Food are increasing considerably in Germany. One of the reasons for this is, among other things, the ever-increasing costs for energy, fertilizer and personnel. The war in the Ukraine reinforced this development. Experts expect the cost of food to continue to rise in the coming months.

the price increase low-income families and households are particularly affected. For this reason, social organizations and consumption centers ask for relief for people from low-income households, for example, reducing VAT on basic foods such as fruits and vegetables to zero percent. Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir (Greens) also supports this proposal.

SPD spokesperson: “Eating healthy does not mean paying a higher price”

But not all politicians support the demands. There are doubts, especially in the semaphore coalition. The food policy spokesperson for the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Rita Hagl-Kehl, provoked criticism with controversial statements. She explained to the “Tagesspiegel” that healthy eating would also be possible regardless of income. “Eating healthy doesn’t mean paying a higher price,” Hagl-Kehl said. “If we don’t buy too much, but shop efficiently and carefully, and don’t throw away or waste our food, we can afford a healthy diet,” she continued.

In fact, people receiving Hartz IV, for example, only have just under five euros a day for three healthy meals. the prices of fruits and vegetables increased by up to 30 percent compared to the previous year.

Therefore, Hagl-Kehl had to make clear statements for his statement. criticism plug. For example, Hartz IV critic and former politician Inge Hannemann wrote on Twitter: “Why does someone always come here and think they have to educate? That is disgusting, Mrs. Rita Hagl-Kehl, and ignores the needs of those affected by poverty”. If you are poor, you cannot save, she later wrote. “I don’t know of any poor people who waste food,” says Hannemann.


This article first appeared on waz.de.

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