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The trigger for the bull run may have been the idea that the potent bulb can ward off H1N1 swine flu, Morgan Stanley economists said.
That chimes with some anecdotal evidence. The China Daily reported last week that a high school in Hangzhou, a prosperous city in eastern China, had bought 200 kg of garlic and forced students to eat it every day for lunch to stay healthy.
Others have been looking for darker forces behind the surge. China Business News said coal mine bosses – who are often depicted as being both extremely rich and nefarious speculators – had been playing the garlic market, hoarding bulbs and hauling them between storehouses.
Garlic served as a case study of the asset price appreciation that Morgan Stanley thinks China will have to contend with after a flood of lending by banks to help fight off the global financial crisis. In some parts of Shandong province, the wholesale price of garlic is up as much as 40-fold.