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.

Do the feds care about antibiotics in animal feed?

Did you know ethanol producers use antibiotics to control the fermentation process? Then those drugs end up in the grain by-products we're feeding to livestock and dairy cows? We asked the FDA if they have any plans to put a …

Is the ‘obesity lobby’ winning?

A closer look at how lobbying from the processed food industry is reshaping kids' health -- literally.

Meet a pesticide even conventional vegetable farmers fear

If a new round of genetically engineered corn is approved, it will be bred to withstand huge quantities of 2,4-D, a pesticide that has the potential to drift and kill vegetables in fields as far as two miles away.

Paper asks: Does high-fructose corn syrup contribute to a rise in autism?

New science suggests that the ubiquitous sweetener may interact with environmental factors -- such as exposure to heavy metals and pesticides -- to impact childhood development.

Where ‘the whole animal’ meets pink slime

How do we balance what we've learned about pink slime in recent weeks with important messages about eating meat more efficiently and reducing our overall intake?

New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact

Scientists can finally prove that overuse of fertilizer in industrial farming is a major cause of climate change. Whether or not this will make it easier to hold Big Ag accountable is yet to be seen.

FDA to GMO labeling campaign: What million signatures?

Last week, the Just Label It campaign says they turned in 1 million signatures asking the FDA to label genetically engineered foods. The agency says it received a little under 400. What's going on here?

Farm Bill 2012

Farm bill fail: Is food policy headed back to the future?

If Congress can't pass a new farm bill by September, farm policy will default to a 1949 version of the bill that was constructed for a very different America.

‘Pink slime’ is the tip of the iceberg: Look what else is in industrial meat

Think added ammonia is bad? Try pool disinfectant, fabric bleach, and a variety of germicides!