I’ve been eating a variety of ethnic foods this week; bodes ill for the blog idea, but here’s an interesting story Mark tipped me on.
In Italy, where pasta is a staple of life for most everyone except the celiacs, a federation of pasta manufacturers has warned the Italian public to expect up to 20% increases in prices due to rising costs of durum wheat, sparked in part by the biofuels industry. So what appears to be a common market force has instead been interpreted by consumer groups as collusion, by members of the pasta cartel. In mid-September, they staged a “day without pasta” protest. Check out the full and related stories on BBC here.
I can identify with the helplessness Italian consumers feel. I feel helpless that my dollar loses value every day, sending my cheapest choice of DeCecco up over $2/pound, my parmigiano reggiano to $14 or my bag of Guido Gobbino turinots to $30. Pazienza!
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