Tom Philpott

Tom Philpott was previously Grist's food writer. He now writes for Mother Jones.

Food

What America’s nutty demand for almonds is doing to California

It takes a gallon of water to produce one almond. And that's not the most insane fact about the hedge-fund-fueled race to plant thirsty trees in the middle of a catastrophic drought.

Food

Scary maps show how bad California’s water shortage is

Just how bad is California's water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these maps.

Climate & Energy

Think the Southwest’s drought is bad now? It could last a generation or more

Late-summer 2014 has brought uncomfortable news for residents of the U.S. Southwest — and I'm not just talking about 109-degree heat.

Food

Lay off the almond milk, you ignorant hipsters

Water down and package a food that's perfectly fine as is? That's just nuts.

Climate & Energy

Our alarming food future, explained in 7 charts

The takeaway on food from the National Climate Assessment: As the temperature goes up, crop yields will go down.

There will be blood oranges

California farmers: Drill, baby, drill (for water, that is)

Here's why the agricultural industry's response to water shortages may be a recipe for disaster.

Food

Iowa is getting sucked into scary, vanishing gullies

The gullies are essentially pipelines that move prime soil (and herbicides and pesticides) from fields into streams.

Food

Crop flops: GMOs lead ag down the wrong path

GMO products rarely deliver on the hype, but they've pushed our agricultural system to a critical crossroads -- that's why they matter. First in a series of responses to our coverage.

Food

One weird trick to fix farms forever

Does David Brandt hold the secret for turning industrial agriculture from global-warming problem to carbon solution?