Tom Philpott

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

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.

Climate & Energy

Why this year’s Gulf dead zone is twice as big as last year’s

It's the fertilizer, stupid -- and runoff from factory animal farms. But it doesn't have to be that way.


The end of lobster rolls? Not so fast

Maine’s lobster population is flourishing thanks two highly destructive, human-induced forces: climate change and overfishing.