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.

How fracking companies exploit Amish farmers

Amish tradition frowns on lawsuits. Energy companies are taking advantage of that fact by leasing Amish farmers' land for way less than it's worth.

Whole Foods opens in Detroit, threatening stereotypes everywhere

The opening of a Whole Foods in inner-city Detroit has caused more fanfare than possibly any grocery-store debut in history. Why all the hoopla?

Which U.S. city has the best park system?

Minneapolis took top honors in the Trust for Public Land's second-annual ParkScore Index, which ranks cities on the quality, quantity, and accessibility of their parks.

Huge proposed Alaska mine could be next big environmental controversy for Obama

Fishermen and native groups want EPA to block the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay, one of the world's most productive salmon fisheries and home to vast reserves of gold and copper.

GMO label sign

Connecticut will label GMOs if you do too

The Connecticut legislature has passed a law requiring labels on genetically modified foods, but it won't go into effect until at least four other states follow suit.

Deadly fire at Chinese poultry plant highlights industrial-ag safety concerns

The deaths of 119 people in a poultry-plant fire show the human cost of China's industrial-ag expansion, fueled by the country's growing appetite for meat.

Smithfield, world’s largest pork producer, could be sold to a Chinese company

The potential deal provokes concern about everything from food safety to foreign financial control to increasing corporate consolidation of the food system.

Bike culture: Not as white as you think

A new report spotlights a decade of rapid growth in biking among communities of color. Now it's time for infrastructure to catch up.

Zen and the art of bridge maintenance

When it comes to U.S. transportation infrastructure, we'd rather build new roads than deal with the old ones -- or the bigger questions about how we get around.