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 & Energy

It turns out Mr. Baseball is still the worst thing Tom Selleck has done

The media has been enraged about the story of Tom Selleck trucking water from a fire hydrant to water avocados. The truth is less exciting.

Food

The EPA could ban this toxic pesticide

The feds get tough on one of the more toxic pesticides in food farmers' bug-killing arsenal.

Business & Technology

Team Obama plans big overhaul of GMO regulations

It's time to revamp the rules covering genetic engineering, says the president's science adviser -- and both sides in the GMO wars agree on that.

Food

Watch us explain how to feed the world and end poverty at the same time

All the complex and amazing truth about getting the whole world onto a better-for-the-planet diet, boiled down to this one little video.

Swine fu

Scientists take a page from super cows and engineer double-bacon hogs

Twice the muscle means twice the meat in these gene-edited hogs, fresh from the lab in South Korea.

Climate & Energy

Airlines are investing in biofuels. How’s that shaking out?

A California producer of airplane fuel derived from household waste gets a boost from United Airlines.

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.