Pasta Strike in Italy

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
September 13, 2007 5:44pm CST
It seems that the people of Italy are experiencing the rise in the cost of wheat and it is hitting them in their pockets. This is due to the fact that much of the farm land has been given over to producing products that will be made into fuel, leaving very little room to grow the wheat necessary for making pasta. The Italians are calling attention to their plight by staging a strike against pasta for a day. I don't know if this will produce any positive results, but it has received much notice in the press. They say that buying wheat elsewhere is too expensive and will increase the amount they spend for food by a great deal. I have no doubt that this is painful for them since pasta comprises a huge share of their daily food intake.
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@mummymo (23707)
14 Sep 07
Wow - I hadn't heard about this at all until I read your post sweety! I know everything with wheat in it has jumped in price the last few weeks here in the UK! They say this is because of the bad summer we had and the flooding that was experienced in parts of England! There are plenty of areas where the harvest of wheat was very good but the prices jump due to greed! Just one example a loaf of bread that cost me 72p a month ago cost £1.04 the other day - now there is no way that is just due to a bad summer! xxx
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@pismeof (855)
• United States
14 Sep 07
Wise1, This is happening all over the world including right here a home (USA)Farmers are converting to corn so they can create or sell it for the Ethynol fuel makers. Why do you think it costs nearly five dollars for a silly box of cereal? Corn is in great demand right now as a substitute for oil. Many countries are upset with the United States because our farmers are subsidized by the government and can control prices on the world market
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Sep 07
I heard about this on the radio today. I hope something positive comes out of this and they won't raise the price of wheat...like gee, what is the alternative...get wheat from China..don't think so
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
15 Sep 07
And they do make some yummy pasta over there. Hopefully this can get resolved for the Italians. For the most part they are good peoples.
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
14 Sep 07
Our news reports are talking about increased food prices due to crop failure as a result of the drought. But the prices are already rising, not just "a " price rise, but several. The area where I live is a farming community and the farmers are getting desperate for rain. Sowing their crops this years was a gamble due to lack of rain but we recieved some good rains a few months ago but now we need the follow rain to see the crop continue to grow. It's just not happening. We're also eaperiencing extremely windy conditions which have a horrible drying effect on everything. Yesterday there was a huge dust storm just a few kilometres east of here. Not only are we going to see a world increase in food prices, but also there will be a shortage. I guess the world has been on a really good thing but now it seems it's time to tighten our belts.