Tom Philpott

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

Climate & Energy

Should California produce farming move to Arkansas?

Climate change will continue to dry out California. Could fruit and veggie farming find a home in the Cotton Belt?

Climate & Energy

Why is Harvard buying vineyards in drought-ravaged California?

Harvard University's endowment fund bought 10,000 acres in the famed Paso Robles wine region.

Coral reefs are about to crash in a big way

Something really, really terrible is about to happen to our coral.

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.

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