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

Save the climate, pay a farmer

With the right incentives, farmers could make enormous headway in the effort to change the global carbon equation.

Food

Should big business get out of the food business?

When it comes to food and farming technology, our political and economic beliefs trump the field knowledge of what works and what doesn't.

What's app, doc?

This killer app will change the way we eat forever

In startup-land, Carrot is all the rage. To understand why, you'll have to learn what "organoleptic" means.

Food

Farm tech isn’t a war between good and evil — it’s a quest for whatever works

Forget the ideological showdowns. Poor farmers will thrive when they find the right mix of high and low technologies that serves their needs.

Food

10 things that would fix the food system faster than GMO-labeling

What if we took the energy and money that's invested in fighting over GMO labeling and put it into laws that would really make a difference?

Food

4 problems GMO labeling won’t solve

A lot of people support GMO labels as a blow against pesticides or Big Ag. We should probably just go after those problems directly.

Food

If Berkeley can’t pass a soda tax, who can?

Taxing soda won't single-handedly end obesity, but it's still a step worth supporting.

Food

GMO-free cereal? Middle America shrugs

Cheerios has been touting its freedom from genetic modification for months now, but General Mills says the label has not goosed cereal sales.

Food

Cargill promises to stop chopping down rainforests. This is huge.

The agribusiness giant signs a pledge to stop contributing to deforestation worldwide -- if they're successful, the reductions in carbon pollution are on par with taking all the cars in the world off the road.

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