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Americans spent $18.8 million in food stamps at farmers markets last year

At farmers markets, accepting SNAP benefits is a win for low-income shoppers – and farmers, too.


It’s a historic day for gay marriage! Let’s argue about it

A rainbow of perspectives from the Grist staff on the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage.


Oslo builds its bees a highway of flowers

We've crowded nature out of much of our cities -- but we can always invite it back in.


What can cure fossil fuel dependency and treat bipolar disorder?

Lithium is one helluva drug.


There’s no “new Brooklyn” because Brooklyn isn’t even the new Brooklyn

Grist's Ben Adler and MSNBC's Tony Dokoupil talk about Adler's essay on how gentrifying cities can avoid the mistakes Brooklyn has made.


Does air pollution cause Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?

Scientists now suspect that a major cause of dementia could be the air we breathe.

Shadow of a drought

Check out this amazing new tool for judging California’s water use

As the state's drought grinds into a bone-dry summer, California is adjusting its rules. Now people have to make the new rules work.


Tip for getting people to use the metro system: Block all the roads

Parisian cabbies are allegedly protesting Uber by blocking roads, but we know what they're REALLY doing.


Time to go vegetarian: Smugglers caught with 40-year-old meat

China's latest disgusting food scandal gives a whole new meaning to the term "dry-aged beef."