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.


In the face of war, immigration, and climate change, let’s take care of our human family

On parenthood in the face of catastrophes, Aylan Kurdi, and the best thing for people and the planet.


No, Carly Fiorina, the government has not “destroyed” California ag

According to the GOP candidate, regulation is strangling the Golden State's farmers. Yet somehow they are still earning record profits.


This is a story about weed and hoes

Now that weeds can stand up to herbicides, farmers have to uproot them the old-fashioned way: with garden tools.

Kids are little punks

Kids toss out fruits and veggies from school lunches, researchers find

A new study shows that fruit-and-veggie quotas get kids to take more produce on their trays -- but they throw out more, too.


There’s a new sustainable ag technique in town, and it’s cleaning up

With the right "push-pull" planting combos, African farmers can ward off pests, fertilize crops, feed animals, and even withstand drought.

The Farmer

How to feed the world, with a little kelp from our friends (the oceans)

Paul Dobbins' farm needs no pesticides, fertilizer, land, or water — we just have to learn to love seaweed.

Johnny Neonic

Study finds a link between neonic pesticides and honeybee deaths

In the U.K., scientists find one variety of the widely used seed-coating pesticide can harm domestic honeybees -- more cause for a cautious approach.


Yet another land mine for GMO Golden Rice

The real problems with a controversial, retracted study weren't about the science but about respect for the subjects' values.


New research shows a flaw in the plan to tax soda out of existence

Merchants aren't passing the cost along to consumers, and that means the tax might not reduce soda consumption as supporters intended.