Stories by Tom Philpott

Tom Philpott is the food and ag blogger for Mother Jones. subscribe to Tom Philpott's feed

Posted on: Feb 19, 2014, Source: Mother Jones

Why do so many people have trouble digesting gluten -- one bread baker might have hit on the answer.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2013, Source: Mother Jones

What is safe to eat?

Posted on: Oct 16, 2013, Source: Mother Jones

Real Home Economics teaches children how to eat good food and budget. That was a threat to the processed food industry, so they destroyed it.

Posted on: May 9, 2013, Source: Mother Jones

Want some arsenic with your sandwich?

Posted on: Jan 30, 2013, Source: Mother Jones

Big Ag is lining up to be a powerful ally of the natural gas industry -- here's why.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2012, Source: Mother Jones

Yet another reason to load up on fruit and veggies—and work to wrest federal farm policy (which encourages the production of cheap sweeteners and fats)—from the grip of agribusiness.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2012, Source: Mother Jones

Fast food marketers are increasingly pushing unhealthy "snacks" for Americans to eat while driving.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2011, Source: Mother Jones Online

So how much reason is there to be concerned about the trace of poison lurking in your kids' juice box?

Posted on: Jul 6, 2011, Source: Mother Jones

Research is showing that exposure to certain pesticides and other toxic chemicals could cause diabetes.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2011, Source: Grist.org

Industrial ag is admitting that it needs to trash its neighbors and the surrounding landscape to thrive. And it wants us to believe that there are no alternatives.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2010, Source: Grist.org

In her new role, Catherine Woteki will direct the U.S. government's entire agricultural research budget. Somewhere in the East Wing, Michelle Obama must be fuming.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2010, Source: Grist.org

Mike Benziger's family has transformed viticulture using water and earth friendly practices for growing grapes, and at the same time growing veggies and raising animals.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2008, Source: Grist.org

Why rising food prices may not send people rushing off to the nearest farmers market.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2007, Source: Grist.org

An interview with food writer Michael Pollan about food, food politics and his latest book.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2007, Source: Grist.org

Without access to exploitable labor and comically lax environmental codes, the industrial-meat complex would surely wither away. Instead it turns a huge profit.

Posted on: Jul 20, 2007, Source: Grist.org

The Federal Trade Commission is taking a rare foray into enforcing antitrust law in the food industry. Will it be enough to keep Whole Foods from taking command of the health food market.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2007, Source: Grist.org

If organic food is so popular, why are so few farms transitioning their land?

Posted on: Jan 30, 2007, Source: Grist.org

Maverick chef Ann Cooper aims to spark a nationwide school-lunch revolution. Currently, 78 percent of schools in America do not meet USDA nutritional guidelines.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2007, Source: Grist.org

Thoughts from a small farm during the midwinter lull.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2006, Source: Grist.org

Tom Philpott questions biofuels skeptic extraordinaire David Pimentel about why crop-based energy won't work.