Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson used to be Grist's editorial assistant. After disappearing into the wild for a while, she is now attempting to reenter society.

Local haterade: Authors say locavores do more harm than good

In their book, "The Locavore's Dilemma," Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu argue that a widespread embrace of local food could have "disastrous effects." We wanted to know more.

Say it ain’t soil: What’s the true value of organic farmland?

A Maryland organic farm's battle against development raises big questions about the future of food and farming in this country.

Greening the ghetto: From survival to sustainability

Artist and activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph says the first step toward greening the inner city is fostering an appreciation for life. The next step? Take the green brand back from the Prius-driving vegans.

With renovated studio, LifeEdited sells simplicity to millionaires

TreeHugger founder Graham Hill's new venture, LifeEdited, markets a high-end version of downsizing to those who can afford it.

A guide to the sweet and simple life

The creator of the new DIY-themed book "Homesweet Homegrown" shares a few secrets and a recipe.

Parks and recreation: The best American cities for green spaces

ParkScore measures and ranks the park systems of the country’s 40 largest cities. How does your hometown stack up?

New Agtivist: Meg Paska runs Brooklyn’s first urban farm pop-up

This urban homesteader started a seasonal shop where farmers in the city can buy supplies at a decent price, take classes, and ask for advice.

And the winner for greenest building is … that old thing?

New awards roll out the “green carpet” for old buildings that have been given eco-tastic upgrades you probably can’t even see.

Jamie Oliver wants you to join the Food Revolution

Celebrity chef and real-food champion Jamie Oliver has declared May 19 Food Revolution Day -- and people all over the world are answering the call.