News re: Garlic

I recently learned that about 85% of the world’s garlic comes from China but prices for garlic are going up in China and they don’t exactly know why.  Speculation has been that multiple factors are at play such as increased road tolls, decreased planting because of predictions of decreased demand due to the poor economy (but this hasn’t been the case), and use of garlic to fight infections such as colds and swine flu.  The latter is especially of interest as me and my family have sworn by garlic as a key ingredient in a lot of our recipes given its wide range of health benefits, including the immune-boosting ones.  So while I’m not looking forward to a potential spike in garlic prices, I am considering growing my own next year (I think it’s too late despite how warm it’s been lately)!!