Hat tip to Zadok Romanus for this story!
In brief, Italians are protesting the escalating price of pasta. Why escalating? The pasta makers say that farmers are growing grain to fuel cars instead of people. Consumer advocates say that it's just rampant speculation on the makers' parts. So who knows.
I dunno about the pasta makers theory though. I'd expect that of American farmers to think it was a good idea to starve ourselves to feed our cars. But Italians? That doesn't sound like the race I know!!