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

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.

Climate & Energy

Drought forces cuts to some of California’s oldest water rights

In a step it hasn't taken since the 1970s, the state water board tells key rights holders, including municipalities and water districts, to draw less H2O.

Dino Another Day

In which we talk “Jurassic World,” GMOs, and bad science

The newest "Jurassic Park" movie has has genetically modified monsters, hot dino-wranglers, and a brain the size of a walnut.

Food

Organic farmers: Whole Foods is an unfair grader

Like many certification systems, the Whole Foods ratings have some downsides, and some farmers say the system is costly and flawed.

Business & Technology

Remember that bulldozed rainforest? We have pretty good news!

A patch of Indonesian rainforest was cut down for palm-oil production. The company involved just announced a moratorium on all forest clearance.

Food

Soda ads with health warnings? That’s about to be a real thing

San Francisco voters turned down a tax, but its legislators have now required prominent warnings on all sugary-beverage marketing.