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.

Pop goes the weasel: Will good deeds keep the soda industry super-sized?

Through cause marketing programs like Pepsi Refresh, the beverage industry is buying good will, and protection from policy changes like New York's proposed soda ban.

Line ’em up, knock ’em down: Senate plans 73 farm bill votes today

Congress goes into vote-o-rama mode to move this year's monster of a food and farm bill forward.

Vanguard state: California might just lead the way on GMO labeling

Golden State residents will cast a vote on GMO labeling this November. Here's what it would mean for farmers and consumers if the measure passes.

Food has gotten cheaper — but at what cost?

Americans now spend just under 9 percent of our income on food, about 30 percent less than we did in 1982. But is this a good thing?

Feds to farmers: Grow GMO beets or face sugar shortage

The good news: The USDA finally released an environmental impact review of genetically engineered sugar beets. The bad: Monsanto has already crowded out other seed makers.

Why Bloomberg’s ‘Big Gulp ban’ could be good for New York City

Recent science linking portion size and calorie intake suggests that banning extra large servings of soda might actually keep New Yorkers healthier.

File under bad idea: G8 asks Big Ag to take the lead in feeding the world

A new study finds that large-scale irrigation is causing more sea-level rise than climate change. And yet the most powerful nations in the world just gave industrial agriculture a big thumbs up.

Flame retardants could affect our bodies for generations

Flame-retardant chemicals are building up in our bodies, with unknown effects. To add insult to injury, they don't actually retard flames.

Leaked letters suggest Maryland’s governor is henpecked by the chicken industry

In a state where the proliferation of industrial chicken houses is directly tied to the growing Chesapeake Bay dead zone, it might be helpful to have a governor who isn't close friends with a top Perdue executive.