moved 2 crete wrote:
Facts like this are very worrying, is it the city dwellers who suffer the most, or is it across the board.
The austerity applies to everybody but the people who live in the country usually have some land where they can grow food for themselves, keep a few chickens, possibly a goat. People in the city don't have this option.
An English friend in the next village, who has been a keen gardener all his life, used to grow enough vegetables to fed himself and his wife the whole year round. This is on a plot of about 1,000 sqm. The plot had 30 plus orange trees of different varieties plus a few olive trees and he had planted apples, pears, peaches, apricots and avocado. The olive trees yielded enough oil that he never needed to buy any plus some olives bottled for eating. By giving excess produce to neighbours he would often get given eggs and other produce that he didn't grow himself. When he wasn't gardening he spent a lot of time walking so knew where to find lots of wild fruits and nuts and the locals taught him how to recognise and harvest the various types of horta. His wife was a keen cook and spent most of her time baking and making preserves of various sorts from the excess produce. It cuts down the expenditure quite a lot.
There have been many articles in the media describing how the post Junta migration from the land to the cities is now being reversed with lots of young people going back to live in the villages. This mostly applies to young people who have elderly relatives who stayed in the villages and have land there. The young people provide the labour to make the land more productive and they gain by having somewhere to live and something to eat. It probably isn't what they aspired to but it is better than scavenging from bins. Obviously, not everybody has this option.