Fresh Take: How Water Became A Weapon, The Caribbean’s Food Insecurity Problem, And From Blog To $25 Million Business

Food & Drink

It’s been a busy week on the food and agriculture beat: There was the House Agriculture Committee hearing featuring top meatpacking CEOs, Beyond Meat’s pop from McPlant fake news, and the first case in the U.S. of bird flu transferring to humans. The Colorado-based worker who has tested positive was employed at a farm dealing with an outbreak in its flock, and while it’s unlikely that the virus will mutate enough to transfer easily between humans, the case is a reminder that the next pandemic could originate on a factory farm.

My own reporting still has me deep in the world of water and where it’s scarce. That has me tracking my own consumption of the vital liquid in my every day life, maybe a bit too much.

— Chloe Sorvino, Staff Writer

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Water Emerges As Weapon Of War In Ukraine And Beyond. Thirst can kill—and so can hunger—when essential agriculture goes dry. Story by yours truly.

In The Caribbean, Severe Food Insecurity Has Increased. A series of surveys from the World Food Programme have revealed that, in the English-speaking Caribbean, severe food insecurity has increased by 72% since the onset of the pandemic, reports Daphne Ewing-Chow.

How Deliciously Ella Built A $25 Million Plant-Based Business. When Ella Mills launched her plant-based recipe blog—Deliciously Ella—in 2012, business was far from top of mind. After spending a year in and out of hospital with illnesses that left her mental and physical health at an all-time low, the 20-year-old simply wanted to explore what effects a less-processed diet might have on her health. And learn to cook in the process, writes Lela London.

Iam missing my trip to California last month and this little gem salad topped with anchovies from Gjusta in Venice Beach. I couldn’t resist a slice of the orange-marmalade polenta cake to complete my spread.

Chloe Sorvino leads coverage of food and agriculture as a staff writer on the enterprise team at Forbes. Her nearly eight years of reporting at Forbes has brought her to In-N-Out Burger’s secret test kitchen, drought-ridden farms in California’s Central Valley, burnt-out national forests logged by a timber billionaire, a century-old slaughterhouse in Omaha, and even a chocolate croissant factory designed like a medieval castle in Northern France. Her book, Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed and the Fight for the Future of Meat , will publish in December 2022 with Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books.

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