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.


Slate: Anti-GMO activists say the darnedest things

An article details the contradictory claims activist groups have made over the years in their fight against genetically modified crops.


Can meat actually be eco-friendly?

It's not as black and white as you think: We might not need a whole world of vegetarians, but we could all do with a little less flesh.


We’re asking the tough questions on meat

Sit back, relax, and put on your meat glasses: We're about to take a deep dive into the most controversial food group.

Climate & Energy

It turns out Mr. Baseball is still the worst thing Tom Selleck has done

The media has been enraged about the story of Tom Selleck trucking water from a fire hydrant to water avocados. The truth is less exciting.


The EPA could ban this toxic pesticide

The feds get tough on one of the more toxic pesticides in food farmers' bug-killing arsenal.

Business & Technology

Team Obama plans big overhaul of GMO regulations

It's time to revamp the rules covering genetic engineering, says the president's science adviser -- and both sides in the GMO wars agree on that.


Watch us explain how to feed the world and end poverty at the same time

All the complex and amazing truth about getting the whole world onto a better-for-the-planet diet, boiled down to this one little video.

Swine fu

Scientists take a page from super cows and engineer double-bacon hogs

Twice the muscle means twice the meat in these gene-edited hogs, fresh from the lab in South Korea.

Climate & Energy

Airlines are investing in biofuels. How’s that shaking out?

A California producer of airplane fuel derived from household waste gets a boost from United Airlines.