Tom Philpott

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


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.


Tom's Kitchen: pasta with snap peas and fennel

Snap peas and parsley and fresh hearts of fennel ... these are a few of my favorite things.


Jerry Brown 2.0: friend or foe of farmworkers?

This week Jerry Brown vetoed the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act, which would have improved working conditions for California farmworkers.

Industrial Agriculture

How the meat industry turned abuse into a business model

As a long-time student of the meat industry, I read Ted Genoways' extraordinary article on conditions at the "head table" of a factory-scale pig-processing plant with delight. As a human being, my reaction was revulsion.


There's a Foxx guarding the ag-policy henhouse

Rep. Virginia Foxx recently sponsored an amendment to shut down the USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative.


House Republicans aim pitchfork at food-system reform

U.S. ag policy isn't totally geared to Big Ag -- but it will be if the House gets its way, writes Tom Philpott.

Industrial Agriculture

Is the 'Clean 15' just as toxic as the 'Dirty Dozen'?

Is the Environmental Working Group's Clean 15 list of low-pesticide produce as toxic as its Dirty Dozen? For farm workers, the answer is often yes.