“They make ‘Italian’ pasta with Russian wheat”

Russian wheat, which is used by many pasta producers in the peninsula to take advantage of low prices, is coming to Italian ports. The accusation brought forward by the Apulian grain producers is serious and will undermine the principles of “food sovereignty” that the government led by Giorgia Meloni has extolled. It has long been known that Belpaese people need large quantities of wheat from abroad, for example Canada, to meet the huge production of tricolor pasta, which is largely destined abroad. However, inadequate controls and the possibility of it coming from Moscow, combined with the connivance of the big pasta brands, will pave the way for new scenarios much more serious than those analyzed so far.

Suspicious

Grain farmers’ protest erupted in Puglia after complaints from local producers supported by several municipalities in the region and Italy’s main wheat producing region. Wheat growers are demanding more control as ships officially carrying millions of tons of grain from Kazakhstan and Turkey continue to arrive in the port of Bari. But there is a suspicion that this is a cover: the boats will actually carry grain of Russian origin, which is sold at prices lower than the quotations in force in Italy. A shrewd commercial strategy was aimed, on the one hand, to circumvent the restrictions on exports from Moscow (even if agricultural products were officially excluded), on the other hand, to allow the large pasta producers to take advantage of raw materials that were sold at absolutely lower prices.

“If we don’t even know where they come from and what sanitary standards the grain coming into our ports is characterized by, then we need to explain to us why we keep talking about Food Sovereignty,” rumbled Gennaro Sicolo, president of Cia Puglia. “There is another troubling situation. If the large amount of imported grain coming into our ports was Russian origin, then we would be facing a clear and very serious violation,” CIA national vice-president Agricoltori Italiani said at a press conference in Bari. “It’s a result of the embargo imposed on those who started the war in Ukraine,” Sicolo added.

No control at ports

Grain producers often demand more protection for themselves and those who buy them. “We need a task force that will control the origins of the wheat avalanche that is being used to degrade the ports, the ships, the DNA and the known value of our producers’ wheat. We need to get back to shouting this out loud: there is dreadful speculation and Italy, together with grain farmers and consumers, is first became a victim”. Buyers are convinced they’re buying a product Made in ItalyIn fact, you start to eat foods made with raw materials from abroad. The problem arises especially in foods produced outside the borders of the European Union, where quality controls are lower than in Europe and pesticides are used more. Sicolo, who has started a petition with the CIA and Italian farmers, which has already reached more than 70,000 signatures, said, “The price offers are very low and the ongoing speculation is hurting the industry.” In addition to the task force in the ports of the peninsula, grain growers demand the activation of the Telematics Registration System and the action package envisioned by the Granaio d’Italia program.

European peasants against Kiev

The problem of speculation regarding the origin and prices of wheat does not concern only Italy. In the European Union, a similar struggle has been launched by five Eastern European countries in recent months, in which farmers vigorously protested the invasion of grain from Ukraine. However, five countries (Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia) obtained a special exemption from Brussels despite the agreement that abolished duties on food imports from Kiev to the EU.

In this way, Ukrainian wheat does not “stand” on its territory, it is prevented from being purchased at lower prices, and it is prevented from only transiting by land to guarantee indispensable exports to other countries currently blocked by sea due to non-renewal of the agreement. Agreement of Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea. Eastern European farmers also received a special fund of 100m euros to be distributed to five countries to compensate for the damage caused by the grafting of Ukrainian wheat into their markets.

grain diplomacy

However, this measure is disliked by other governments of the 27th bloc, who want to avoid the extension of this exemption, which expires on September 15. Kiev, on the other hand, promised to take Brussels and relevant governments to the World Trade Organization to challenge the exemption in the event of an extension. It is a critical situation that could undermine the hitherto solid relations between Vlodymyr Zelensky and the partners of the European bloc.

The situation will be very different if Russian wheat arrives at the port of Bari (provided that it is detected). We are faced with pure and simple speculation that will benefit the Russian state, which Western diplomats see as their number one enemy. Meanwhile, the question prompted the grain producers of Apulia’s 6 provinces to gather on Monday 11 September at the Varco della Vittoria at the entrance to the port of Bari. There will be a sit-in from 10:30 to condemn the economic situation. Speculation on the price of wheat penalizing Italian farmers and misleading consumers at the same time.

Source: Today IT

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