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Your Bowl of Pasta Is Getting More Expensive as Drought Zaps Wheat Fields

  • Hot, dry weather shrinks output in top exporter Canada
  • Durum costs soar, squeezing pasta producers who use the wheat

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So much for cheap noodles.

Pasta is poised to become the latest staple consumers are forced to pay more for after drought scorched North American production of durum wheat, the high-protein grain that’s milled into semolina flour for spaghetti. Output of durum in Canada, a top exporter, shrunk by nearly half this year and the U.S. harvest is the smallest in 60 years.