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

Ethiopian farmers made a desert bloom again

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

Food

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.

Food

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.

Food

Can we actually make a difference by changing the way we eat?

Moving toward plant-based diets can make a big difference, but we'll have to reduce food waste, and increase yields too.

Climate & Energy

How much has drought screwed the West Coast?

The West is hot, bothered, and adapting.

Living

This landscape architect is the bra burner of lawn design

Edwina von Gal wants to free your lawn from its corset.

Food

This book will help you see your surroundings in a whole new light

Let's work out a realistic relationship with the nature around us.