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Research and Evaluation
What is the cost of a healthy food basket in the Republic of Ireland in 2016?â?< - Summary sheet (PDF, 600KB) Introduction This study is the second to establish the cost of a minimum essential food basket for six household types in the Republic of Ireland. A minimum essential standard of living (MESL) is derived from a negotiated consensus on what people believe is a minimum standard. It is a standard of living that meets an individuals or households physical, psychological and social needs. A MESL is based on needs not wants, it is a standard of living that no one should be expected to live below. The 2016 study focuses on food, one of the 16 elements of a MESL. The report is presented in the context of increasing concerns of poverty in the Republic of Ireland and the challenges facing low-income families to afford a minimum essential food basket. A balanced nutritious diet is essential for health but may be unattainable for low-income households. Families on low-income may opt for cheaper less nutritious foods, putting their health at risk. Food poverty is complex and multi-dimensional. Adequate income is important to meet basic nutritional needs and the cost of healthy food is a major contributing factor in a household’s inability to access a healthy diet.
safefood. (2016) What is the cost of a healthy food basket in the Republic of Ireland in 2016? [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/1073897 [Accessed: 24th March 2017].
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