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.

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Why food prices scaled the peaks — and why it matters

You may not have felt a thing, but when food prices spiked in 2008 and 2011, they sent experts into a tizzy of debate over why it happened and what we can learn.

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Nutrition, the environment, and poverty: Let’s talk!

Double Up Food Bucks is one idea that's working to get better food onto the plates of the people who most need it. Come talk with us and the people behind it.

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Perdue just says no to chicken on drugs

One big poultry producer ditches most use of antibiotics. Now it's time for the rest of the industry to follow -- and for doctors to stop overprescribing them to us.

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Why we really should care about boosting farm yields

Getting farms to produce more food may not be the answer to all the world's problems. But it's a problem we're still going to need to answer somehow.

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Booze is proof nature wants us to be happy

Cultivation, fermentation, distillation: A glass of brandy is made possible by millennia of conspiracy between nature and technology, orchestrated by human beings.

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Invasion of the corn snatchers

In Connecticut, thieves are coming in the dead of night for the stalks of small farmers.

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Kauai’s on-again, off-again GMO regulations are off again

A judge throws out the Hawaiian island's attempt to restrict the use of pesticides on GMO crops -- but the fight is likely to continue.

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How can we stop the world from having too many babies? Feed more people

If we aim to slow the rocketing population graph, all the evidence points in the same direction: prosperity cuts the birth rate, which will spare the planet.

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Dear Blue Apron, you’re just making it worse

Pre-measured ingredients for cook-at-home meals could be a fantastic idea. But if you want to recycle all that packaging, you might need an advanced degree.

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