Tom Philpott

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

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?


6 mind-boggling facts about farms in China

China's industrial behemoth hasn't just fouled up the vast nation's water; it's also taken a big bite out of its land.