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.

Climate Change

Nestle, PepsiCo, and other big corporations promised to protect forests. Who’s following through?

Corporate sustainability promises get a crash test. Here’s who passed.


Organic industry sales put Monsanto’s to shame

Organic food just keeps getting more popular.


Here’s where the science on GMOs stands

The National Academies of Sciences has released the most comprehensive report on GMO crops to date.

With great power ...

You better learn about this new technology before it transforms the world

Watch this painless explainer on gene drives.


Ethiopian farmers made a desert bloom again

Ethiopian farmers innovate to fight drought -- and win big.


The feds are trying to figure out what “natural” food is. Don’t get your hopes up.

There's still time to tell the FDA what you think the "natural" label should mean.

There's gold in them goldfish

Are you ready for goldfish sushi?

Escaped pets make up one of the most profitable fisheries in Lake Erie.

The way we make fertilizer sucks, but we haven’t had a good alternative … until now

Researchers may have found a way to create carbon-free fertilizer using sunlight and nanotech.


What’s a GMO? Apparently not these magic mushrooms.

A recent ruling could help usher in new crops built to resist insects, disease, and drought.