Food prices rose 12.5% in the 12 months to September, according to the IBGE.
It is much more than the average inflation for the period, of 10.2%.
In the perception of poor families (80% of the electorate), the inflationary impact is much greater on household bills, because there is also a rise in electricity, cooking gas and hygiene and cleaning products.
There is no prospect of falling prices until the end of the year, but the corrosive effect of inflation on the voters’ table could have been mitigated if there had been regulatory stocks of staple foods.
However, the regulatory stocks of rice, beans and maize of the state-owned National Supply Company (Conab) were drastically reduced in September. Bean storage, for example, has reached absolute zero.