The Crazy News Guy

Mama Mia! No Pasta for You?

In 2007, Italy, Pasta Strike, World News on September 3, 2007 at 9:16 am


Consumer advocacy groups in Italy are urging Italians to protest rising food costs with a one day pasta boycott.

Boycott groups are urging all Italians to forgo all forms of pasta on September 13 to demonstrate displeasure over pasta prices soaring 30 percent,  with organisers saying the average Italian family will spend nearly $1,500 more on food this year compared to 2006.

“Giving up pasta for the day will be a symbolic gesture,” said a spokesman for the consumer groups behind the strike. “Italians should not buy any pasta that day, and try their best not to eat it at home.”

Most Italians eat pasta at least once a day, and consume around 54 kilograms over the course of the year.

Emergency stands offering free bread and milk will be set up in all major Italian cities for those in need of carbohydrates.

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said the strike is unnecessary.

“There is no justification for the alarms over price rises,” he said, adding prices “are in some cases going down substantially.”

  1. I posted a while back about a potential shortage of pasta, because grains are being used for alternative fuels, with the global warming craze.

  2. that looks so delicious 🙂 thats all thats important .. so i guess i hate this global warming thing 😦

  3. I would say its got more to do with the high oil price craze….

  4. Humm what can one not like about pasta? Yummm! I of course will not go there at this time. But yummmy!!

  5. A travesty! What’s next, asking them to bathe every week?

  6. Mama Mia that is good pasta!

  7. I never laughed so hard in my life and I am of Italian descent. Too funny! Esp. the emergency carb. stations. LOL

  8. Hi RyanO,

    It’s your BlogCatalog pal, Cyberpenguin, just dropping by to say hello. Thanks again for your amusing news posts!

    When you get the chance, stop by my blog ( to pick up your blogger award.

    Congrats & thanks again for the laughs!

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