Twilight Greenaway

Twilight was Grist's food editor from 2011-2012. Follow her on twitter.


Can healthy food come from unhealthy workers?

From cramped, unclean housing to a lack of paid sick days, more and more evidence is linking poor treatment of workers in the food chain to unsafe food.


Protein: An invitation to sink your teeth in

Today on Grist we’re launching a series of articles about protein. What made me want to focus on protein? Well, let's just say it started with my dog, Lucy.

Industrial Agriculture

The little county that could get California to rethink methyl iodide

Could Monterey County influence the statewide discussion about this toxic fumigant before it goes into large-scale use? Some advocates are counting on it.

Sustainable Food

A fork in the road for Slow Food

While the leadership of Slow Food USA has been working to broaden its audience and incorporate more advocacy and food access work, a vocal group of critics inside the movement accuses the group of straying too far from the kitchen.


Bourbon of proof: Is Kentucky’s heritage spirit compromised by GMO corn?

As an American, corn-based spirit, bourbon has changed rapidly in recent decades. Now, the question is: How long do we have until it's all made with genetically engineered grain?


Is your all-you-can-eat shrimp killing the mangroves?

Kennedy Warne, author of Let Them Eat Shrimp, discusses the connection between shrimp farming and the disappearance of some of the most biologically productive ecosystems on Earth.


The bad food news of 2011

We continue digesting this year’s food politics coverage below — only this time we take account of the things that didn’t go so well. (Tired of bad news? See the year’s good food news instead.) 1.  Food prices have gone up, and more people need help feeding their families The fact that 46 million people — about a seventh of the U.S. population — now receive food stamps (i.e. help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)) should be enough to tell us that something is wrong with America’s food system. But thanks to the way public food assistance is …


The good food news of 2011

2011 was a big year for food politics. In case you dozed off anywhere along the way, I’ve collected the year’s most important stories below. (Want something lighter? See my Sustainable Food Trends story from last week. Want something heavier? Here’s the bad food news.) 1. Urban farming is flourishing. An urban farm in Chicago.Photo: Piush DahalWhile the renewed interest in growing food within city limits is nothing new, 2011 was the year urban farming went legit. Despite several low points involving criminal charges for gardeners in Michigan and Tennessee (charges were dropped in both cases after word spread around …


2011: Sustainable food trends

A good year-end trend list should do two things simultaneously: confirm the conscientious reader’s suspicions while providing a few surprise nuggets. Sustainable food is a vast category with many opportunities for interpretation, so what I offer up here is an entirely subjective list of favorites. In other words: These are just a few of the things that have caught my attention and held it for longer than usual this year. You’ll notice I’ve left urban gardening and foraging off the list (sacrilege!). That’s not because they’re not very popular; in fact, it’s precisely because they’re so popular. To me, not …

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