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  1. Bad food quality in Germany - why does it hardly bother anyone?

    For several years now, for professional reasons, I have been spending around a quarter of my time in Germany, a quarter in Switzerland, a quarter in France and a quarter in Italy. Since then I have realized how bad most of the foodstuffs that can be bought in Germany actually taste like.

    Compared to France, this mainly affects the fruit and vegetables, which taste much (!) Better in France. Italians seem to be able to produce good ice cream only within their own national borders. Italians who open an ice cream parlor in Germany usually don't do it so well. In Switzerland, the quality of the meat is much better, and higher-quality products are also used in gastronomy.

    When I shop in Germany, I usually buy fruit / vegetables fresh from the market and organic meat from a traditional butcher. But despite this, the quality cannot keep up, especially when compared to Switzerland and France. Friends from Switzerland and France, who had to stay in Germany for a long time for work, could never really make friends with the quality of meat, fruit and vegetables. But I have the impression that most Germans don't mind that at all?

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    Perhaps because it is more important to many Germans that goods (regardless of whether they are food or other goods) are cheap? This "stinginess is cool" mentality is perhaps more pronounced here than in the countries you mentioned. Although I only know these countries from vacation and have not really lived there.
    So it's just a guess.

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    I believe what you are saying At the same time, I cannot imagine that conventionally grown vegetables and meat from factory farming should taste better in other countries than in Germany. And I don't believe that vegetables taste better anywhere than from our organic farmers who work in solidarity with agriculture, who harvest the vegetables on the same day they are distributed
    Well, most Germans don't mind if the food barely tastes like anything, I think too. The main thing is cheap, not just the low-income earners who may not have a choice, but I regularly see doctors, psychotherapists, lawyers, etc. at Aldi and Penny with vegetables and meat. I think the priorities are different, high quality food is less important than cars, vacations, clothes, ... Maybe that's the difference to the people in the countries you mentioned?

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    yes, the priorities are different. I'm too lazy on my cell phone to look for a relevant study, but in percentage terms, Germans give a lot less for food than other europeans (e.g. French).

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    In part it will also be the ignorance that something can be different. In restaurants here, the meat, fruit and vegetable quality is no better than that of home-cooked meals. Then the quality is normal for you and is not perceived as bad. And if you are not regularly abroad, but only occasionally on vacation for a few days, then it is because the fruit is fresh from the tree, everything tastes much better on vacation anyway, you like that during the day Has walked a lot and the hunger is much greater, etc. Plus, many like to take the cheapest possible vacation. With the cheapest possible food. You can only miss something that you know is there and missing.
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    yes, the priorities are different. I'm too lazy on my cell phone to look for a relevant study, but in percentage terms, Germans give a lot less for food than other europeans (e.g. French).
    Have a look or I'll do it tonight. I would be interested because that's what is said so often. But I can also well imagine that the prices are relatively similar, but that the food is just taxed very differently. Switzerland and Norway are great examples of this, because the food is not expensive because it is better, but because the state simply pays a lot more on it. I really doubt whether that will be so much better for the general public.

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    I suspect that too. E.g. in paris a lower quality is to be expected at the "German price" and normal German supermarket quality only with a higher price. Of course, everything is relative to the prices there.


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    The main thing is cheap and a lot.

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    When it comes to fruit and vegetables, especially if they are regional and organic, the variety and climate definitely play a role. In most cases Germany can only lose.

    And yes, otherwise the quality is not as important to the Germans as the price and therefore what is on offer here.

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    When it comes to fruit and vegetables in Germany (and also in Austria) it is especially important that everything looks super pretty and that there are no dots or anything to it. In some cases, the same applies to the market
    The vegetables that are offered at the market or in some supermarkets in Italy would hardly be looked at in this country, even though they taste great. Well, and the things that still look flawless even after a long transport and / or storage time are varieties that are bred for appearance and therefore taste disgusting.

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    When it comes to fruit and vegetables, especially if they are regional and organic, the variety and climate definitely play a role. In most cases Germany can only lose.
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    I don't have a lot of experience with Italy, but I never found vegetables and fruit in France, Switzerland and Germany to be very different in taste, if you shop reasonably seasonally. I just think that in Germany there are big differences between these "quality classes"; at Aldi, for example. to buy almost only grade 2, and the things with grade 1 from the Edeka taste much better.
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    The quality class has nothing to do with the taste, it only cares about size, flawlessness and color or discoloration, which have nothing to do with the degree of ripeness. In these cases it can only be due to the varieties and cultivation conditions or the harvest and storage or your imagination Storage can make a big difference, but I don't know if there is so much difference between the supermarkets.


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    I find it terrible that the vegetables in German supermarkets are never refrigerated and are therefore often half rotten or have to be eaten on the same day because they spoil very quickly. And that also with Rewe, Kaisers etc. Edeka is usually very good. I wonder if proper cooling would be more expensive than throwing everything away.

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    Yes, that's right! Here with me, "green" vegetables (lettuce, kale etc), peppers, carrots, mushrooms, strawberries, blueberries etc are mostly chilled. just not apples, potatoes, limes, oranges, watermelons.

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    Many just have no comparison, I would say. Besides, it's a curse to try something good.

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    I would basically differentiate "quality" in terms of taste and ingredients / cultivation / pesticides, i.e. the quality of the food. and the former is subjective.
    I also find it naive when it comes to food prices and quality, speaks goodness, to bring them into context. that is not so easy, because e.g. the strong agricultural lobby in germany means that dairy products can be offered at extremely low prices. (In the case of organic products, it is probably completely different.)
    or special children's products that are superfluous from a nutritional point of view, are advertised with extensive marketing (and are correspondingly expensive). and there are many other examples of this. (the organization foodwatch documents that very well, among other things.)

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    To be honest, I haven't noticed THE difference yet. So of course some foods are sometimes better or worse elsewhere. But I would not have noticed now that it is really bad in Germany now.
    In France I found the croissants better But the apples from the supermarket were just like here. I tend to notice the difference between going to the supermarket and going to the farm.
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    When it comes to dairy products, I can also see a stark difference between Germany and Canada. A 500g cup of yoghurt like this often costs $ 3-5 here, a 300g pack of sliced ​​cheese in a normal store can also cost $ 4-5, and that's nothing special, just cheddar. Fresh cheese costs $ 3 for 250g. Milk is much less expensive, $ 4.50 / gallon, but fresh milk, I would say it is almost the same in the end?
    When I'm with my parents, I'm always "happy" to see how little the final amount in the supermarket is because I'm used to buying a handful of things and spending $ 30.
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