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.

Business & Technology

What’s tastier than free guac? Chipotle’s new employee benefits

Chipotle got flak for its "No GMOs" announcement. But its new benefits policy is the kind of change that really can make a difference.

Food

Lots of crazy claims about soda taxes. Which panned out?

Now that the experiment with taxing sugary drinks is underway, we look at which arguments by backers and opponents have come true -- and which were hot air.

Food

Farms are growing more vegetables, but Americans still want to skip straight to dessert

U.S. farms see boom in the green stuff, but they're selling more of it abroad, as domestic consumption of veggies and beans fails to keep pace.

Food

Think we can end California’s drought by eating differently? Think again

Real solutions to California's water woes will depend on politics and market regulation, not facile assaults on thirsty crops and struggling farmers.

Business & Technology

Bunge rejects deforestation promise, NC ag-gag law passes

Two downer updates: North Carolina won't protect whistleblowers on its farms, and an agribusiness giant's shareholders turn down protecting forests.

Business & Technology

Why this deforestation pledge is huge news for the Indonesian rainforest

A multinational pulp and paper giant joins the rest of the corporate world in committing to end the destruction of Indonesia's rainforest.

Business & Technology

Why your organic, fair-trade, cruelty-free chocolate bar won’t save the world

A save-the-forests advocate argues that the certification system gives companies an easy out -- rather than a push to transform the world.

Food

Foster Farms to reduce antibiotics in its chicken, but is it enough?

Big West Coast chicken outfit vows to join other industry heavyweights in cutting back its use of antibiotics.

Food

A Republican governor just bucked his party to veto an ag-gag law

In a shocking move of moral consistency, a governor says that if we protect whistleblowers in nursing homes, we shouldn't prosecute them on farms.