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.

IPOP pops

The group that was supposed to make palm oil sustainable just disappeared

Environmentalists pushed companies to sign up for the Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge — but now it’s gone.

Conan the Vegetarian

Arnold Schwarzenegger is here to terminate your hamburger addiction

Schwarzenegger and James Cameron team up to curb meat eating.

GMO-it-all

Here come GMO labels!

We totally saw this coming.

Food

Don’t believe the slander: Americans are eating less crap.

But the rich still eat better than the rest.

Tune up time

Time to invest in agriculture that can survive changing climates. Like, now.

We tend to treat farming like an old car: Scrimp on routine maintenance and panic when disaster strikes.

corncob pipe dream

Can we finally make gasoline out of corncobs?

Maybe we really will drive corn-powered cars someday

good dirt

Plants have an immune system, too. It’s called soil.

The more microbes, the merrier.

as kazakh as apple pie

Your food is better traveled than you are

National ​dishes are made up of ingredients from around the world.

Meatheads

Our bodies don’t need meat. So why can’t we give it up?

A new book explains why humans eat animals.