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

Palm-oil giant makes big commitment. Rainforests rejoice

Seventy-five percent of all palm oil will be produced responsibly -- if all the big companies live up to the promises they've now made.

Food

Relax — California isn’t about to dump pesticides on organic farms

A new state report outlines some edge-case scenarios, but mostly, California's pest control strategies do a good job of protecting the interests of green farmers.

Food

Disruptive mayo is now a thing, and it’s spreading

A corporate giant sues a feisty startup over the right to call an egg-free product "mayo."

Food

For farmers, using pesticides is a lot like picking the wrong smartphone

"Path dependency" is when a choice of technologies hems in your future. Is that happening today as developing countries build out their farming systems?

Food

GMO labeling laws keep failing. Here’s why we can expect more

GMO-labeling initiatives have lost four times now, but proponents are tenacious. Until we actually try out the idea, we'll be stuck on infinite replay.

Politics

Food votes: GMO labels rejected in Colorado and Oregon; Berkeley taxes soda

Here's a quick roundup of national and local races in the 2014 midterms that focused on food and farming.

Food

Farm life without modern tech looks beautiful and backbreaking

A stunning video shows just how beautiful the Ethiopian landscape is -- and just how demanding the farm work is.

Food

From two Ethiopians, what small farmers really want

A new middle class can put down roots when small family farmers get the tools and education to produce more food.

Food

The New Yorker food issue, ranked by kale factor

To assess this particular Moment in Food, there is no better gauge than counting the number of times a writer mentions kale.

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