Nathanael Johnson

Nathanael Johnson

Thought for food

Nathanael Johnson (@savortooth on Twitter) is Grist's food writer and the author of All Natural: A Skeptic's Quest to Discover If the Natural Approach to Diet, Childbirth, Healing, and the Environment Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier.

Cricket game

In which I feed my children “land shrimp”

Crickets make a great sustainable protein source. But there are still some problems with the yum factor -- we lack a culinary tradition for bugs.


It’s official: California farmers volunteer to give up water

The state has already asked most farmers and residents to cut water use. Now it's turning to the people whose water rights are first in legal line.


This palm oil company just bulldozed a rainforest

Pressuring a little-known ag corporation is hard, so activists are going after a posh hotel chain that's owned by the same conglomerate.


Can these shareholders curb deforestation?

When shareholders in agribiz giant Bunge vote on a policy to curb deforestation, they'll be voting on both sustainability and the bottom line.


These scientists are trying to change rice as we know it

An international team is trying to create a more efficient kind of rice. What can coffee beans and cat poop tell us about their work?


Is America ready for a vegetarian president?

GOP candidate Ben Carson may be a Tea Party favorite, but his red-state leanings don't extend to red meat.


How water woes will mess with food businesses

A new report makes the business case for food producers to do more to protect their water supplies by supporting action on climate.


Removing antibiotics from food makes a difference, removing GMOs doesn’t

Food chains are falling over themselves trying to please the public by simplifying their products. Sometimes that's great. Sometimes it's meaningless.


The next big war might be over phosphorus

A new study of soil warns that we're pushing the limits of our planetary skin and in danger of pulling nutrients out of the earth too fast.