05 Jun '11, 7am

Soaring food prices mean leaner diets in China

Soaring food prices mean leaner diets in China

BEIJING : Li Ping and her husband, both retirees, pick over the offerings at a Beijing market to prepare traditional dumplings for the Dragon Boat festival. Rocketing food prices are limiting their options. "We can hardly afford meat now, it's too expensive," Li, 67, tells AFP, explaining that they now only enjoy that privilege two or three times a month. Apples are also too dear. Chinese authorities say reining in inflation is their top priority for the year, and have taken a raft of policy measures to cool prices. But those moves are not yet trickling down to help low-income households like Li's. Li's pension provides her with 1,100 yuan (US$170) a month -- far from enough to deal with spiralling prices. "My kids have to subsidise us," she said. "We will have to depend on them in the future. I feel guilty." The couple bought some vegetables, sticky rice and wrapping leav...

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