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.

Are Walmart and Big Food pushing for GMO labeling?

A coalition of big food companies met with the FDA earlier this month to push for GMO labeling, reports suggest. Are Walmart and pals finally fed up with fighting state initiatives?

Coke ‘joins’ the anti-obesity fight — will fast food take note?

New research links frequent fast-food consumption to the worldwide allergy epidemic. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola is on the offensive with a new anti-obesity campaign.

House GOP shafts rural America, still gets their votes

When House Republicans sacrificed the farm bill to the fiscal cliff, they left farmers bereft of crucial reforms. So why does rural America keep voting for them?

App, crackle, pop: Junk food marketers target your kids online

According to the Federal Trade Commission, Big Food is working to reach kids online and through social media platforms.

Don’t like today’s food monopolies? Blame Robert Bork

The recently deceased federal judge helped make it possible for a small number of mega-corporations to dominate the American table.

What does obesity have to do with climate change? Plenty, say some scientists

A less stable climate will likely cause food prices to spike, and that could mean more of us in the developed world will be eating highly processed, fattening foods.

Food safety fail: Why isn’t the agency in charge of keeping us safe succeeding?

As number of incidents of food poisoning go up, the Food and Drug Administration is doing less to protect us than ever.

Are you a farmer worried about GMO contamination? USDA says ‘get insurance’

A recent federal report on GMO contamination highlights the growing chasm between industrial and sustainable farmers.

This holiday season, consider the farmers — and the corporations that control them

Farmers facing corporate monopolies don't get a fair shake -- so why have the feds failed to help them out?