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.

Business & Technology

So Roundup “probably” causes cancer. This means what, exactly?

The WHO's new classification of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, puts it in the company of night shifts and wood smoke as a carcinogen. Sunshine is worse.

Food

R2D2 is in your barn, milking your cows

Robots to milk and tend dairy cows could reduce the total number of farmers, but give the remaining ones more time to think (and sleep).

Food

This rusty steelworks is about to become a kaleworks

A Newark factory will become a gigantic indoor farm in the latest large-scale effort to test the concept of vertical agriculture.

Food

3 big food system problems begging for innovation

We consume too much food, we produce too little food, and our farming screws up the environment. What can individuals do to improve this picture?

Food

McDonald’s stops buying chicken with antibiotics. Here’s why that matters

The fast food giant is throwing its considerable weight into the battle against antibiotic resistance.

Politics

Mitch McConnell, hemp hero

It's always seemed crazy that industrial hemp got swept up in the war on drugs. The senate's Republican majority leader thinks so too.

Food

Brazil’s nutrition wisdom: No junk food, no eating alone

Brazil's new nutrition guidelines trade finicky rules and numbers for down-to-earth wholesome advice -- and they just might work.

Food

Is Chipotle the McDonald’s of the future — or the future of McDonald’s?

As old-school fast food loses our gullets, new-school fast food is winning our wallets. It's not exactly a revolution, but the change is for the better.

Food

Russian outfit plans to spend $25 million to secretly study GMOs

The world could use more studies of GMO crops and health. But if they're going to make any headway, they'll need to be a lot more open.

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