Tom Philpott

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

Climate & Energy

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.

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.

Panic-free GMOs

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.