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.

Incredible shrinking farmland

Photo: Alicia Guy Joel Huesby comes from a long line of conventional farmers, but in 1994, he had what he calls an epiphany that led him to switch to organic farming. He’s of the mind that we’ll drive ourselves to …

Why prison inmates make great conservationists

Kelli Bush, project manager for Washington state’s Sustainable Prisons Project, works with an unlikely group of conservationists: prison inmates. In collaboration with scientists, students, community groups, and prison staff, inmates at four Washington correctional facilities play an integral part in …

What can trick-or-treaters tell you about the health of your neighborhood?

When my brother and I were little, around this time of year we loved to watch The Halloween Tree, an animated feature based on a Ray Bradbury book of the same name. The movie opens with Bradbury himself narrating: It …

Scare trade: Halloween candy you can feel good about

Photo: Nina HaleFor most of us, Halloween has a strong association with candy. When you’re little, you get to dress up and run around your neighborhood collecting it for free. When you’re a bit older, you get to dress up, …

The unmasking of a school lunch hero: Mrs. Q speaks

Now that her book, Fed Up with Lunch, is out, the teacher who blogged her way through a year of eating school lunch finally comes clean.

Heritage livestock: Milk ’em for all they’re worth

Interest in heirloom produce highlights efforts to preserve rare livestock breeds, endangered by a half-century of industrial farming.

Could you go without processed foods for a month?

For even the most health conscious among us, a diet free of processed foods presents a challenge. Give it a try this month.

Lost in the maize [VIDEO]

More Mexicans struggle to afford tortillas, a daily staple, as food speculation fuels rising corn prices in their country.

The crude reality of oil in Nigeria

The director of Sweet Crude talks about what it's like to spend time with people who know the true cost of oil. Her film is now out on DVD.