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.


What the TPP means for agricultural greenhouse gas emissions

Here's what we know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership so far.


Congress just missed a chance to help hungry kids. Here’s what happened

Advocates are hoping a new school lunch law will include some modest additions to the national programs.


Check out the finalists of this biomimicry invention contest

In this competition based on biomimicry, new ideas for improving the food system draw inspiration from earthworms, ants, and mangrove trees.


Good news: Global health is actually improving. Huzzah, civilization!

The latest data shows we've made impressive strides on human life expectancy around the world.


McDonald’s to roll out organic hamburger in Germany

How big is the overlap between McD's customers and people who want organic beef? I guess we'll soon find out.


Is Cargill backsliding on its promise to end deforestation?

Some environmental activists say yes. Cargill says actions speak louder than words.


The oyster wars shed light on a bigger debate

After all the sound and fury of the oyster war, perhaps we can learn a better form of community decision making.


Egg prices have doubled in the last year. Here’s why

Avian flu killed a lot of hens, so now there are fewer eggs to go around.


Dealing with the rational fear about GMOs and global catastrophe

Nassim Taleb says that GMOs could doom the planet. He’s right. And the same could be said about all agriculture.