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.

Let them eat weeds

Can urban foraging actually feed poor people?

Urban foraging won't fill you up or provide miraculous cures, and you'll end up with lots of very bitter greens, but it could be the perfect solution for food deserts.

Living

Hoffice sounds like a cult — and I want to join it

In the morning, a laptop brigade streams into your home, and then things start to take a turn for the bizarre.

Making dough

Felons, addicts, immigrants: This bakery will hire anyone

A socially conscious Yonkers bakery founded by a Buddhist teacher pioneers a novel "see no evil" approach to human resources -- and it works.

Keeping up with the Gateses

Bill and Melinda Gates plan to end hunger in Africa in 15 years

In their latest annual letter, the philanthropists also see big opportunities for helping poor farmers succeed and eradicating some diseases.

Food

Big palm oil trader’s website begins to deliver on sustainability pledge

Wilmar International is posting information about its supply chain -- and taking complaints if it falls short on its forest-saving commitments.

Food

Do your best nature impression, feed the world, and win a prize

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is looking for great nature-inspired ideas to improve the food system.

Food

Solving hunger is simple — end poverty. Gulp.

Trying to end poverty may seem like a tall order if all you want to do is make sure people don't starve. But there's plenty we can do -- and a lot we even agree on.

Food

What did you do in the great Chipotle carnitas drought of 2015, daddy?

Chipotle's pork shortage is just what we should expect to see if companies that set voluntary animal welfare standards actually try to make them stick.

Climate & Energy

Climate change is laying waste to water supplies, warns Farm Bureau

A Farm Bureau bigwig warns that as western snowpack dwindles, farmers must adapt.