Climate change has affected the global production of pasta following extreme weather conditions which has created a disaster for wheat supplies.
A shortage of durum wheat which is ground into making pasta has taken an phenomenal hit which has pushed the price of the Italian food staple to soaring prices.
Temperatures hit record highs this year and in Canada the mercury hit 49.6C in June followed by an unprecedented drought affecting Canadian farmers crops by up to 50%
Farmers in the UK, France and Italy to name a few regions across Europe suffered the frostiest April in 60-years followed by the driest summer in 50-years, but one of the wettest in Canada.
Shelves at Tesco and Sainsbury’s are empty due to failed harvests, which is caused by climate change.
The Director of Eurostar Commodities, Jason Bull warned, “We should be under no illusion climate change is causing this.
“It’s crazy. I’ve been doing this for 17-years, but I’ve not seen this before.
“It’s because of the durum crop, pasta is made with durum wheat and the biggest exporter is Canada.
“They’ve had a very bad crop due to extreme dry weather, it’s hardly rained since they planted the crop so they’re down about 42%.
“It had a big drop and then the USA is down nearly 50%.
“Coupled with that the opposite effect in Europe and France they’ve had excessive rain, so the wheat crop isn’t suitable for milling.
“So, it’s a bad situation on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Bull said the high demand for wheat which is a staple diet for many has pushed the price up by 90 to 100%.