What factors support and promote home-based food-growing in four neighbourhoods in SW Sheffield?

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

charts #26 and #27 - Time issues

83% of those who attest to needing more time cook meals from fresh ingredients 60% of the time or more, Chart #26. 74% of those who do not indicate time as a limitation to growing cook from fresh 60% or more. Those in need of more time do a surprising amount of meal planning.
43% plan 3-4 meals/week or more, see Chart #27. Among the 38 with plenty of time only 45% plan to that degree. Assuming that most people would only plan the evening meal, 3 or 4 per week, this represents 43% to 57% planning. Interestingly, both households that claim more than 5-6 times per week are single adult households with no children.

Additionally, the presence of children in the household probably influences the degree of planning and cooking from fresh. 5 of the 13 time poor households who plan 3-4 meals per week or more have children in the household, compared to 6 of the 17 of those with plenty of time. Indeed, in the overall cohort 11 of the 19 households with children plan to this degree while 8 with children do not, regardless of need for extra time. 14 of the 19 households with children cook from fresh at least 60% of the time. 4 cook from fresh 30 to 45% of the time.
Having children appears to increase the amount of time dedicated to food provision.

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