Turkey for Thanksgiving 2022 doesn’t look cheap, how inflation works, no longer on strike

IInside the fence of a Lower East Side garden, I worked last night at the Community Supported Agriculture Share in my New York neighborhood. I loved every minute. I weighed potatoes and Italian long beans while the members chose corn on the cob, basil, kale, lettuce, peppers and radishes. I welcomed people into the product line and even tried a few jokes. Don’t you look radiant!

Things got serious when I whispered with another member about refusing registrations and how to step up efforts to involve more neighbors. Online advertising had failed in the past because too many people outside the neighborhood saw the ads members paid for. But then a member choosing kale introduced himself as a digital advertising specialist, and it turned out he was offering to help. Targeting a small radius around our backyard pick-up location may be what the organization needs to find all those eco-conscious neighborhood eaters that elude us. Or maybe we just need to refer more friends directly.

I’ll take every ray of hope I can get. Next week is Climate Week here in New York, then there’s the big White House Nutrition Conference the following week in DC, and Cop27 in Egypt a few weeks later. Many decisions made before the end of this year will determine how much worse climate change could get in the future.

— Chloé Sorvino, editor

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In the Caribbean, 57% struggle to put food on the table A cost of living crisis this year has fueled a 46% increase in moderate to severe food insecurity in the Caribbean, according to the United Nations. That left 57% of the population struggling to put food on the table, reports Daphne Ewing-Chow.

Why Ingredion workers are still on strike in Iowa Ingredion workers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have been on strike for more than a month. Union members say they are pushing back on a contract offer that lowers health and job quality standards, reports Errol Schweizer.

I I loved this pan-fried amberjack with cumin yogurt, dried herbs, radish and chili, made by Ali Saboor of Brooklyn-based restaurant Eyval. The bite made me happy earlier this week when I was looking for 30 contestants under 30 on the food list at the James Beard Foundation’s 13-chef event, Taste America: New York City. The event focused on decadence – caviar bumps with pasta spun through a wheel of parmesan cheese and topped with black truffles. I gulped it down, along with cooler bites like blue sticky rice (tinted with butterfly pea flower tea) and topped with green curry steak from chef Hong Thaimee of Thaimee Love.

Chloe Sorvino leads food and agriculture coverage as a staff writer on Forbes’ corporate team. His book, Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed and the Fight for the Future of Meat, will be published in December 2022 by Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books. Her eight years of reporting at Forbes have taken her to In-N-Out Burger’s secretive test kitchen, to drought-ravaged farms in California’s Central Valley, to burned-out national forests operated by a billionaire wood, to a century-old slaughterhouse in Omaha and even a chocolate croissant factory designed like a medieval castle in northern France.

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