Stories by Tom Philpott

A cofounder of Maverick Farms, a North Carolina–based sustainable farm and food education center, Tom Philpott writes about the politics of food for publications such as the Guardian and Newsweek. A former columnist and editor at Grist, he now writes the "Food for Thought" blog for Mother Jones. subscribe to Tom Philpott's feed

Posted on: Apr 28, 2015, Source: OnEarth Magazine

Between 2010 and 2012, the U.S. market for fake meat crossed the half-billion-dollar mark.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2015, Source: Mother Jones

The role of wheat in our health is a complex topic.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2015, Source: Mother Jones

Guess what: SNAP recipients already eat more virtuously than the rest of us.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2015, Source: Mother Jones

One wheat scientist has a compelling theory.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2015, Source: Mother Jones

An environmental case for watered-down beer exists, but it's as weak and uninteresting as the resulting beer itself.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2014, Source: Mother Jones

The climate is not cooperating with olive growers.

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

Why do so many people have trouble digesting gluten? One bread baker may 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:

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:

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:

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:

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

Posted on: Oct 18, 2007, Source:

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