Thoughts on food prices in Hackney? Need your help!

Hi everyone, I’m doing a research on organic food and gentrification in Hackney for an article in a Spanish magazine and I’m gonna need your help. I am interesting in knowing the reason why you’d buy organic food or you wouldn’t. Together with this new trend on healthy food, environment friendly and local production -that also tries to keep the money running locally- comes the question on how this expensive food trends can develop in Hackney, that has a high deprivation score on income. Food is a basic good. How do you feel about prices being shot up on food, due to its slow local production (among other reasons)? Just looking for answers and reasons 😉 If you could share your thoughts on this it would be very helpful to get a sense on how locals feel about food and prices, and if that is justified by quality/devotion of local shops with its clients/exclusiveness… I’ll be asking around this weekend in the markets. If you see somebody with a pen and a notebook come and say hello 🙂 Thanks!! Aída


  1. Food in the markets may be expensive but that is an *opportunity* for locals.  if new arrivals are prepared to spend a lot on craft goods – then that’s an opportunity to add value to goods, and, frankly, make money. markets are not a bad thing. the hackney market trading license could be seen as a barrier to entry but take chatsworth road, for example – you can rent a space at the school for £10 why do i want my kids to eat organic? because i don’t think chemicals and growth hormone are good for us to eat, and i don’t believe intensive farming techniques are sustainable, or allow for resilience.

  2. There are many to-and-fro arguments concerning organic foods. A study I saw quite recently claimed that it had no health benefits (a), though even were that irrefutable, there’s still an argument for eating foods not covered in pesticides. As for sustainability, it depends what side of the fence youre on. High intensity farming produces greater yields (b), and so one could argue that is ‘more’ sustainable – though naturally that’s a less fashionable argument. What’s clear, though, is that non-organic foods are cheaper, and so if you dont care too much about organic food or its advocates, youre more likely to buy that. I buy organic and locally produced food when I can, merely for the fact that it isnt likely to be as homogonised and will tend to taste better than the supermarket foods in this country (the vegetables in this country’s supermarkets are particularly poor compared with those on the continent). However, I appreciate that’s because I can afford to, and that people who dont have that luxury will continue to buy food that is best value for them. Unfortunately, this leads to something of a two tier economy in areas such as Hackney. (a) (b)

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