Italians call for Pasta Strike

Mostly to protest the rising cost of the stuff.

The increase in the price of pasta is being driven by rising wheat prices worldwide, economists and producers say.

The demand for wheat is the result of several trends, chiefly an increasing demand for biofuels, which can be made from wheat, and improved diets in emerging countries where putting more meat on the table is raising the demand for feed for livestock, said Francesco Bertolini, an economist at Milan’s Bocconi University.

As a result, wheat stocks worldwide are being depleted and grain prices are soaring. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that U.S. stockpiles are at their lowest level in 33 years.

Another result of the call for biofuels. And very similar to the stories coming out of Mexico regarding the rising costs of tortillas.