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

GM wheat trial fails, but science wins anyway

British researchers tried to engineer a kind of wheat that would repel bugs without need for insecticide. They failed, but they still learned a lot.

Wild sting

Here’s the real thing killing bees: Us

Neonics were supposed to reduce the use of sprayed pesticides -- and they did. But they also stick around long enough to harm the whole wild ecosystem.

Cities

Oslo builds its bees a highway of flowers

We've crowded nature out of much of our cities -- but we can always invite it back in.

Politics

5 reasons the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling matters for the environment

Maybe government can actually act, sometimes. And maybe common sense could become a driving force in our national decision-making.

Food

Why are bees hurting? A lineup of suspects

There are so many possible explanations for why honeybee populations have been in decline. Here they all are, carefully evaluated.

Food

The thing we need most to deal with climate change — beer — is threatened by climate change

Climate change is pushing the brewing industry to think more deeply about its practices and find more sustainable ways of producing your pint.

What's the buzz?

Why the bee crisis isn’t as bad as you think (but still matters)

Bees aren't vanishing, but their troubles can offer clues to long-term problems in our agricultural system.

Food

Go ahead and eat your Nutella — it’s the ramen that’s bad on palm oil

It's hard to keep track of the heroes and villains in the fight to save rainforests. A ranking of companies that use palm oil offers some guidance.

Food

Meet moringa, the (latest) world’s most amazing superfood

This leaf is packed with nutrients, grows in dry tropic climates where people are malnourished, and appeals to affluent health buffs, too.