Nathanael Johnson
No justice, no peas

Underpaid, overworked farmworkers set to get liberal labor protections. Farmers grumble.

Farmworkers could finally get equal rights for overtime pay.

The milky way

A new kind of packaging cuts food waste, replaces plastic, and — if you’re still hungry — it’s edible.

A contender to dethrone plastic packages

Good weed

Farmers, the most likely cause of the monarch butterfly’s travails, may now be their salvation.

Farmers are coming up with creative ways to help butterflies bounce back.


Americans love genetically modified mosquitoes much more than other GMOs

Why do Americans embrace some GMOs but reject others?

sound bites

The complicated science of organic food, in one awesome podcast

If you eat food, don't miss the latest episode of Science Vs.

Climate & Energy

Severe drought in India pushed thousands of farmers to suicide

Why was this drought worse than others? Blame climate change and modernization.

coke zero, berkeley 1

Soda tax might be working better than expected

Berkeley residents are drinking about two fewer sugary drinks per week since the tax started, according to a new study.


The nearest national park could be just a city block away

The folks with trees, mountains, and bison on their badges have decided it’s high time to serve city dwellers.

fuel’s errand

EPA scolded for failing to turn in its very important ethanol homework

The agency will reassess fuel farming by the end of next year.