- Posted July 25, 2012 by
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
This iReport is part of an assignment:
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Hang onto your pasta! This drought could cause a price increase & a shortage of wheat worldwide
Hang on to your pasta! According to NOAA, this drought is the widest since 1956, and the effect on wheat cannot be ignored. Specific types of wheat will see shortages.
The price of Hard Red Spring is already $58 more per mmt above last years price. Hard Red Spring is grown in the drought areas in the Dakotas and Minnesota.
For pasta lovers, there is more bad news. 100% of pasta comes from Durum Wheat. The Durum Wheat harvest is also being depleted by drought, which means higher prices for your pasta.
Soft White wheat grows in moist areas, many of which are currently also in the drought.
The US is first in the export of wheat worldwide. Our wheat belt furnishes the most of the wheat which goes to Egypt and Southern African countries. In addition, the US exports wheat to Japan, Mexico, to Asian countries such as the Phillipines, Taiwan and Indonesia.
So ask not what you can do with pasta, but rather ask, is there pasta enough for me?