Today’s quick hits, November 16, 2023

Baristas plan walkout: Thousands of unionized Starbucks baristas are planning a one-day work stoppage on Thursday in what could be their biggest strike to date. (Bloomberg)

FTC warning: The Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to two trade groups and 12 food influencers for failing to adequately disclose that the online health influencers were paid to promote sugary beverages and the sweetener aspartame. (FTC)

Shifting hardiness zones: The Agriculture Department’s new Plant Hardiness Zone Map reveals that since 2012, about half of the country has shifted to the next-warmest half zone. (USDA)

Water fight targets carrots: Residents of California’s Cuyama Valley are calling for a boycott of two of the world’s largest carrot-growing companies in a fight over access to groundwater. (Los Angeles Times)

Thanksgiving prices drop: Grocery store prices for the ingredients of a traditional Thanksgiving meal are down 4.5 percent from last year, with the cost of the centerpiece turkey down 5.6 percent, according to a spot check of retail prices early this month. (American Farm Bureau Federation)