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.

And now for something really surprising: Sugary drinks linked to weight gain

New research backs up larger efforts to limit kids' access to soda, but the findings are also more complex than they may sound.

The latest GMO study raises more questions than it answers

Recent science linking tumors in rats to GMOs and pesticide exposure has come under fire from the scientific community. Isn't that all the more reason to study the issue further?

Drought-tolerant seeds: Insurance policy for farmers or a big gamble?

Companies like Monsanto and Syngenta want farmers to think of drought-tolerant seeds as an insurance policy against hot, dry weather. But for farmers who don't take care of the soil, these seeds look like a gamble.

Millennials: The emerging organic majority?

Today's young adults are more interested in organic food than their parents -- and they're prepared to spend more on it, too.

The man without a plan: Romney has no real food and farming platform

Even when pressed, Mitt Romney has very little to say about food and agriculture -- unless it's a question of food safety, in which case he wants to let Big Food off the hook.

If they ban your super-sized soda, would you switch to diet?

Even as New York's soda ban gets close to becoming a reality, several loopholes have public health advocates worried.

Keeping it in the family: BPA’s effects might last in our bodies for generations

Scientists who exposed mice to BPA at low-level, consistent doses found that it caused genetic and behavioral changes that persisted for generations.

Cuts to food stamps will hit red state residents hardest

The states with the highest hunger rates include the GOP strongholds of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennesee, West Virginia, and Louisiana.

Lawyers go after processed food industry with tactics that worked on Big Tobacco

In an effort to supplant government regulation, a group of high-profile lawyers plans to use the financial costs of obesity and diabetes to sue large processed food companies.