The 'Troubled Waters' of Big Ag’s academic influence

Under pressure from Big Ag, the University of Minnesota postponed the release of a film about agriculture's effect on U.S. waterways. The story of Troubled Waters has developed into a critical debate on academic freedom and the role a university’s …

Vote for your favorite villains of food

Grist is rooting out the companies and characters keeping America sick, fat and poisoned. Vote for your Public Food Enemy No 1, and help us take them on

Conserving while preserving: Energy and food storage

I've been canning, freezing, and dehydrating summer's bounty to enjoy in winter. But it bothers me that all these methods use substantial amounts of electricity. Readers, help me out?

Sorry, New York Times: The bee die-off case is not closed

The New York Times recently declared the case of Colony Collapse Disorder, the great bee die-off, "solved." But the reporting hyped the science and left out important conflicts involving the lead scientist.

Purdue’s Gebisa Ejeta on the vexing task of feeding a growing population

Over the next several weeks, I'll be attending the University of Washington's food and environment lecture series and harvesting knowledge from a diverse array of food-system luminaries. Plant breeding expert Gebisa Ejeta of Purdue University opened the series -- and …

My Intentional Life: Sharing is Daring

In this My Intentional Life, the gang meets to discuss whether splitting their Community Supported Agriculture share is threatening to split them up.

What Monsanto’s fall from grace reveals about the GMO seed industry

Once the darling of Wall Street and the Darth Vader of the agribiz universe, Monsanto has fallen on hard times. The reason may have to do with the essentially over-hyped nature of GMO technology.

Forbes: By 2018, 'one-fifth of urban food will be grown on rooftops and in former parking lots'

Within a decade, will a huge portion of your food come from around the corner? It sure is pretty to think so.

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 18: Tomatillos, cilantro, hot peppers, oh my!

This week, the Urbivore gets something in her veggie box that veers outside of her comfort zone. Help her over this food hurdle!