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.

Monsanto flirts with disaster, owns the world anyway

Just three years ago, the agribusiness giant was a laughingstock. Thanks to its friends in government and the courts, and new industry alliances, it's back with a vengeance.

Sustainable food loses its biggest champion in Washington, D.C.

Kathleen Merrigan promoted local and organic foods in an agency that has for years been infatuated with big commodity ag.

Frankenfoods hitch a ride through Congress — but you can help stop them

If the "Monsanto rider" becomes law, no judge could halt genetically modified foods from making it onto your table. Is that so wrong?

Corn free: Cutting back on our dominant crop is easier said than done

The USDA tells farmers to decrease their risk by diversifying their crops. But when subsidies make corn so profitable, it's an uphill battle to change planting habits.

Sorry, Michelle, but cheerleading isn’t enough to make Big Food change

The first lady calls on the food industry to lead the fight against obesity. But since junk food is still better for the bottom line, it'll take laws, not just encouragement, to fix our food system.

Miracle grow: Indian farmers smash crop yield records without GMOs

Forget what Monsanto's told you: A group of subsistence farmers is breaking harvest records without GMOs or artificial herbicides and fertilizers.

GMO fail: Monsanto foiled by feds, Supreme Court, and science

Monsanto takes it on the chin as scientists uncover disappointing GM crop yields, more states introduce labeling bills, and the Supreme Court tees up a patent case against the company.

Can USDA’s climate reality message take root with denialist farmers?

A USDA report predicts tough times ahead for U.S. agriculture. Meanwhile, many farmers don't see climate change as a problem.

Attack of the leafy greens: Is your lunch plotting against you?

A new government report says greens are the No. 1 cause of food-borne illness. Should we all stop eating salad now?