Tom Philpott

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.