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.

Food

Russian outfit plans to spend $25 million to secretly study GMOs

The world could use more studies of GMO crops and health. But if they're going to make any headway, they'll need to be a lot more open.

Fungal fever

Are shrooms the new pesticide?

Irish scientists have found that a little bit of fungus growing inside barley can protect the plants from pests, disease, and even climate change.

CSI USDA

USDA goes FBI on crooks who sell gross meat and run cons on food stamps

Sure, government swindlers and food stamp fraudsters are alarming. But we're catching a lot of them -- and, often, getting the money back.

Food

Nationwide GMO labeling bills have another Groundhog Day

Since a GOP-controlled Congress is unlikely to embrace the mandatory labeling some Democrats support, don't hold your breath on this one.

Food

So can we really feed the world? Yes — and here’s how

Nathanael Johnson spent six months asking if we could support small farmers, protect the planet, and end hunger. This is what he learned.

Business & Technology

2 years ago, the bad guys pledged to go good on rainforests. How’d they do?

Asia Pulp and Paper said it would stop cutting down Indonesian forests. Now, green groups say, it has delivered on much of its promises.

Politics

How to talk to an anti-vaxxer

Dumping data and derision on vaccination-doubters isn't going to get us anywhere. To change minds, we need to build trust.

Food

Why free trade and government regulation should be BFFs

Forget about the trade-offs between free commerce and regulation. Poor farmers need government both to help build markets and to trim red tape.

Let them eat weeds

Can urban foraging actually feed poor people?

Urban foraging won't fill you up or provide miraculous cures, and you'll end up with lots of very bitter greens, but it could be the perfect solution for food deserts.

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