Tom Laskawy

A 17-year veteran of both traditional and online media, Tom Laskawy is a founder and executive director of the Food & Environment Reporting Network and a contributing writer at Grist covering food and agricultural policy. Tom's long and winding road to food politics writing passed through New York, Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, Florence, Italy, and Philadelphia (which has a vibrant progressive food politics and sustainable agriculture scene, thank you very much). In addition to Grist, his writing has appeared online in The American Prospect, Slate, The New York Times, and The New Republic. He is on record as believing that wrecking the planet is a bad idea. Follow him on Twitter.

No need to eat like a caveman — just eat your damn veggies!

New research suggests that we’ve bred much of the nutrition out of out food. What’s a discerning grocery shopper to do?

Gut punch: Monsanto could be destroying your microbiome

The EPA and its buddies in agribusiness just quietly upped your recommended daily allowance of Roundup. This could be seriously bad news for your belly.

Undead farm bill: Everyone’s favorite legislative zombie shuffles on

Congress bakes up a ginormous gift to corporate ag, which may well collapse and die. But don’t start celebrating yet.

Frankenfoods: Good for Big Business, bad for the rest of us

The smart people at Nature tell us that GMOs will save us, despite their shortcomings. But we've heard all this before.

Gut bomb: That turkey burger could kill you, and here’s why

Consumer Reports recently tested hundreds of samples of ground turkey from U.S. supermarkets. The results will make your stomach turn.

Nitrogen fertilizer is bad stuff — and not just because it could blow up your town

When a massive fertilizer stockpile blew a hole in a small Texas town last week, it should have made us wonder: Why do we need this stuff in the first place?

What’s bugging your meat? Shit and antibiotics, probably

Take a deep breath, carnivores: 87 percent of supermarket meat tests positive for normal and antibiotic-resistant forms of Enterococcus bacteria.

To survive, fast food will have to think fresh

We all know what Bad Fast Food looks like. Millions of Americans eat the stuff. But can there be such a thing as "Good Fast Food"?

Oh rot, the White House just gutted the new food safety rules

Those new rules we thought were going to keep nasties out of our food supply? Well, it was a nice idea, anyway.