A holiday without watermelons or melons

A popular joke credits a certain Abundio with the madness of selling the car to buy Gasoline. The story is very old and suggests that fuel has always had a reputation for being expensive in the public imagination. This joke that it doesn’t matter how high the petrol is because we always put 30 euros in it has lost its grace because today if you put 30 euros of super or diesel in the tank, the reserve is always red. We felt that no matter how much fuel prices increased, people would never give up car use.but the prices that has been achieved in this crisis, although it now seems that they are loosening, Yes they manage to modify certain mobility habits that seemed unalterable.

people use more public transport and he thinks before taking the car to go shopping if he has a good alternative. If bicycle use was already growing before the energy crisis, now with oil through the roof, the force is greater. You have never seen so many people pedaling and not only young people, The ace bicycles assisted by an electric motor have raised the average age of their potential users by attracting many retirees who want to pedal and burn their own calories instead of fuel.

And it is that the blow to the pocket that each visit to a gas station entails does not leave the middle class indifferent, who sees in this slice of current expenditure major threat to its economy. The price of gasoline already worried even more than the electricity about which so much has been written and commented on in the last year and which, in real terms, affects domestic accounts less, among other reasons, because in most households they have contracted the fixed rate, and not the regulated rate, which is the one that exploded, and after the tax cut, many consumers are far from experiencing the stratospheric rise in kilowatt hours They paid less than last year’s electricity bill.

Rising food prices have gotten out of control to the point of forcing people to give up everyday products

The rise in the price of oil has led to an increase in the shopping basket, which is very damaging to the national economy. Rising food prices, some justified and some less so, have gone wild in the extreme to force people to give up commonly used products. Sunflower oil and cereals were partly understood because Ukraine was at war and was a major world exporter, and one can also understand that transportation, because of oil, made food distribution more expensive in general, but so much increase smacks of speculation. A paradigmatic example are watermelons and melons, which he cited Gabriel Rufian in Congress, two seasonal fruits that are traditionally affordable and which, at this stage of the summer, are still well above reasonable. None of the factors listed explain the exaggerated prices they fetch in markets and large distribution chains. Producers say they shouldn’t be looked at because, although their costs have gone up, the farmer only gets pennies a kilo. It is true that the hello heat it reduced the harvests, but it happened in other years and never a watermelon or a melon was sold at 10 or 12 euros each.

This is how we have the cost of living when half of Spain is in holidays and the other half wanting to catch them before the arrival of the lean cows that threaten to make autumn bitter for us. There is a delayed summer hunger after pandemic restrictions and people are unwilling to let prices truncate their plans. We will have to work miracles with the accounts and eat less watermelons and melons.

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