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

Why aren’t more farmers turning poop into power?

Methane digesters are making economic as well as environmental sense in Vietnam. They could do so everywhere -- here's how.


Michael Pollan’s food advice hits the big screen

A new documentary brings "In Defense of Food" to cinematic life.


Does the chicken industry pluck farmers?

Efficient or exploitive? Poultry companies pit chicken farmers against one another in a "tournament" system.


How California could get smarter about droughts and flooding

Instead of flooding where it's not useful, California's winter deluges could be banked in the ground, helping farmers and revitalizing streams.


Watch and learn what “organic” actually tells you about food and sustainability

Our video explains how the organic rules are kind of like a school uniform.


What does “organic” actually mean?

These are the rules that an "organic" label guarantees farmers will follow. What exactly are the benefits? That's where things get complicated.


Mark Bittman’s plan to make you fall in love with vegan food

The author and former New York Times columnist talks about the new vegan meal-kit startup he has recently joined.


Is the USDA trying to silence a pesticide researcher?

A whistleblower complaint says the feds suspended a researcher because they didn't like his findings that a popular pesticide is harmful to monarch butterflies.


Why you shouldn’t panic about human DNA in veggie dogs

Lab analysis of foods can be valuable, but we should be careful about context-free panics.