Issue № 8, 2022, article № 3, pages 22-30
Original language title: БОРЩОВАЯ БЕЗОПАСНОСТЬ
Abstract: Per capita incomes have been declining or growing at a very slow pace over the past decade. The level of 2013 has not yet been reached. At the same time, the country retains one of the highest levels of income differentiation in the world between groups of the population with the highest and lowest incomes. For the poor, the role of the cheapest everyday food products has increased: potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, beets, table (borscht set). With the rise in prices for these products, the poor have serious problems with ensuring borscht safety. The authorities were forced to tackle this problem. It was under the scrutiny of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Rosstat, the Central Bank, the Government of the Russian Federation, the President of the country, and the legislative authorities. This article shows the main reasons for the violation of borscht safety: the lack of state support for small businesses growing cheap vegetables, despite the steady tendency to reduce their production over the past 20 years, the use of state support funds to subsidize the largest companies producing expensive closed-ground vegetables, and the increase in the share of trading over-the-shelf products in the retail price structure of borscht products. Based on the results of research, measures have been proposed to solve the problem.