Tom Philpott

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

Hail seitan!

Vegetarian food companies finally get their own lobbyist in D.C.

And it happens to be Dennis Kucinich's wife.

Climate & Energy

Corals are in the middle of a “global bleaching event.” Here’s what that means

Time is running out for the world's coral reefs.

Climate & Energy

6 great reasons to give up shrimp for good

America's favorite seafood comes with reports of unsavory working conditions and ecological destruction.

Climate & Energy

This chart shows why even a powerful El Niño won’t solve California’s water issues

For farms in the Central Valley, water troubles go much deeper than the current lack of precipitation.

Climate & Energy

The Midwest’s corn fields are even worse for the planet than we thought

The Corn Belt's fertilizer habit releases a greenhouse gas with nearly 300 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide.


California’s groundwater is disappearing AND widely contaminated

About 20 percent of the groundwater that Californians rely on to keep their taps flowing carries high concentrations of contaminants like arsenic, uranium, and nitrate.


The newest threat to California pistachios: A nuclear deal with Iran

Well, this is nuts.

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.