Food

Land grab

Will Africa’s farmland become a ‘resource curse’?

Palm-oil trees in the making, Ivory Coast.In his Late Victorian Holocausts, Mike Davis teases out the mechanisms of famine in British-ruled 19th century India. When …

Oh, SNAP!

More NYC farmers markets accept food stamps and sales soar

The NYT’s Cityroom blog offers some hopeful news on getting more healthy food into low-income neighborhoods: Food stamp purchases at the city’s Greenmarkets have more …

It's a roux story

Turn your turkey carcass into a spectacular gumbo

Turkey gumbo: the Thanksgiving centerpiece finds its true calling. All photos by April McGreger Before accepting a Thanksgiving dinner invitation, I ask my host two …

Infrastructurally unsound

Grist Exclusive: Will Whole Foods’ new mobile slaughterhouses squeeze small farmers?

Jennifer Hashley processes a chicken on her Massachusetts farm. Massachusetts poultry farmer Jennifer Hashley has a problem. From the moment she started raising pastured chickens …

Meat Wagon

Uh-oh: Tamiflu-resistant swine flu rears up in the U.S., U.K.

In Meat Wagon, we round up the latest outrages from the meat and livestock industries. ——— Ever since evolution of the swine flu virus accelerated …

Don't eat the hype

Ecological farms: the only real way to feed an increasingly hungry world

Image: Tom Twigg for GristThere are those who would like us to believe that industrialized farming is the only way to feed the earth’s growing …

Plate Tectonics

No to Obama’s agrichemical industry man, yes to Bed-Stuy Farm

This post marks the launch of “Plate Tectonics,” a new feature that highlights ways that citizen action can move the food system in more sustainable …

thanks for nothing

Global boiling declares war on Thanksgiving

Paul Bakus in a ruined pumpkin patch.Photo: Wonk Room Cross-posted from the Wonk Room. Our increasingly extreme climate is devastating American agriculture. Hurricanes Katrina and …

Are you faux real?

A tasting of four meatless “turkeys” for the holiday table

Can such a “turkey” make your holiday feast soar?Photo courtesy of Jason HoustonGiven the ire I provoked in last year’s turkey column, it’s high time …