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.


Will Obama’s second term bring food system wins — or more of the same?

Obama didn't impress food system reformers in his first four years. Will this term be any different?

What we can learn from California’s attempt to label GMOs

The odds of success were long. California's flawed initiative process certainly didn't help.

Corn maze: There is no ‘simple fix’ for commodity farming

Recent evidence that growing a diversity of crops would solve many of Big Ag's problems is encouraging, but it will take a larger shift in the culture of commodity farming to see any real results.

When it comes to food, how does your lawmaker stack up?

It just got much easier to find out how your representatives in Congress voted on food issues -- and to tell them what you think about it. Now who said the food movement doesn't pack a political punch?

Three reasons to have a cow over antibiotics in your meat

There's new evidence that antibiotics in livestock are impacting our health -- and there are new proposed laws to control them. Here's everything you need to know.

Moment of truth: Is the ‘food movement’ for real — or just talk?

With the vote on California's GMO labeling measure only three weeks away, the so-called "good food movement" finds itself at an important crossroads.

Seeding justice: Monsanto vs. soybean farmer case hits the Supreme Court

Can the seed giant patent DNA, even if a farmer comes by it legally? After several courts sided with the company, the Supreme Court will take up one farmer's appeal.

GMOs, pesticides, and the new scientific deadlock

A new study says GMO crops have led farmers to use 400 million more pounds of pesticide than they would have otherwise. Here's how to interpret the science -- and the critique.

Pork barrel spending: How Big Ag lobbyists use federal dollars to protect factory farms

A recent lawsuit accused the pork industry of using industry marketing or "checkoff" funds to keep pigs in factory farms.