Lisa Hymas

Lisa Hymas is senior editor at Grist. She tweets sometimes.

  • New Yorker article reminds you why you hate it

    Stacy Mitchell did a bang-up job earlier this week of explaining why Wal-Mart and other big-box stores could never actually be green. But if you need a more wide-ranging reminder of Wal-Mart’s deep and abiding loathsomeness, check out Jeffrey Goldberg’s …

  • Watch out for scary chemicals in plastic toys for tots

    Umbra offered up a number of clever gift ideas for kids in her latest column, focusing particularly on experiences rather than things. But if you still want to do some thing-giving for those wee ones, you might first want to …

  • Nairobi climate meeting wraps up without marked progress

    Small steps made, but no real plan for post-2012

    The international climate conference in Nairobi just wrapped up, and it sounds like it was a bit of a yawn. As expected, no exciting progress or big future plans. Of course, progress is in the eye of the beholder, as …

  • Watchdog group files complaint with USDA

    Wal-Mart has been mislabeling non-organic food items as organic, charges the Cornucopia Institute in a complaint filed with the USDA. Reports the AP:

  • If this is what a "priority" looks like ...

    Snow says Bush has made climate a priority. Yeah, right.

    “[T]he President has made dealing with climate change a priority for this administration,” said White House Press Secretary Tony Snow at yesterday’s briefing. Meanwhile, a German group has ranked 56 nations according to their efforts to fight climate change. Yes, …

  • Guv races: Spitzer, Rendell, Strickland, and Patrick win

    Some expected and key wins for Dems and enviros

    Four governors’ races with notable environmental angles have gone to the greener-leaning Dems, as expected.   New York: Eliot Spitzer (D) pummeled John Faso (R) Pennsylvania: Ed Rendell (D) trounced Lynn Swann (R) Ohio: Ted Strickland (D) whipped Ken Blackwell …

  • Granholm pulls it out

    Michigan’s Democratic governor wins reelection

    Michigan’s Democratic governor, Jennifer Granholm, has beaten back Republican Dick DeVos. It’s an important win for enviros — Granholm is about as green as one could manage in the home state of the U.S. auto industry. Background on the race …

  • Business Week article gave some the wrong impression, company says

    Stonyfield Farm, purveyor of organic yogurt and milk, is concerned that some folks got the wrong idea about its business strategy from a recent Business Week article about the big-ification of organic, which I pointed to a couple of weeks …

  • Business Week cover story looks at the watering down of the organic ethos

    A fine feature story in Business Week this week — The Organic Myth, by Diane Brady. “As it goes mass market, the organic food business is failing to stay true to its ideals,” the cover proclaims. When I first glanced …