Tom Philpott

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


One weird trick to fix farms forever

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


The real reason Kansas is running out of water

A new study finds that a small reduction in farmers' water use could help save Kansas agriculture. But why is it using so much water in the first place?