Italians are finding an increase in pasta prices hard to swallow and are being urged to boycott the national dish. The one-day pasta strike, called by consumers’ groups, is in response to rising wheat prices which are expected to have gone up by 20 per cent by the end of the year.
“Perhaps one strike won’t be enough”, said one campaigner in Rome. “But it’s a start.. to make people and politicians aware.”
Pasta manufacturers say they have been forced to pass on a surge in the worldwide price of wheat, the main ingredient of pasta. he rise is being put down to a number of factors including the increasing use of grain to make biofuels. Improving diets in developing countries have also pushed up demand for wheat as it’s used to make feed for livestock.
Italian supermarkets say they expect to see little disruption to sales as a result of today’s action.