Chinese Garlic Is Suddenly Expensive

Thanks to some combination of drought and

commodity speculation

, wholesale garlic in China is selling for 10 to 20 times the normal price, Chinese media have reported. And Mung beans have become ”

more expensive than pork

,” according to the

Global Times

. The Xinhua news agency reported that retail prices are up to 13.5 renminbi per kilogram—about a dollar a pound—and that a single bulb of garlic

cost more than 1 renminbi

in one Beijing market. Meanwhile, organic garlic from our nearest shopping-mall-basement supermarket was selling for nearly twice that. The National Development and Reform Commission plans to “upgrade the pricing system and enhance supervision,” another

Global Times story