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

From Hazard to Flippin, White House promotes local food in awesomely named towns

$800,000 for food-system improvements may be peanuts on a federal scale, but even peanuts can make a difference at the local level.

Food

Finally, a GMO debate without shouting

Intelligence Squared takes on a contentious issue in a clear way, and the resulting video makes for a great primer on GMOs.

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This sausage prank exposes our weird food issues

A butcher pretends to put piglets into a sausage machine. Madness ensues.

Food

Turn your city into a swarm of robot farms

A California company is fixing to fill up urban nooks and crannies with plugin farming systems.

Food

Less food stamps = more hunger. Duh!

The idea that cutting food assistance will help move poor people towards self-sufficiency looks like a pipe dream.

Food

In Oregon, GMO labeling lost by 800 votes. Now it’s getting a recount

Corrected ballots tightened the race enough to trigger an automatic recount, so the initiative gets another lease on life.

Food

Giving thanks for our messy food system — and for the chance to fix it

Changing how we farm and eat is always going to be hard -- but there are some principles everyone, regardless of political leaning, can embrace.

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Even this organic advocate thinks African farmers need herbicide

The hard truth for poor farmers is that the organic method can cost too much and fail to deliver higher yields, according to a new paper from an expert on the ground.

Food

Here’s why Hawaii’s anti-GMO laws matter

If Hawaii opts to stop biotechnology, that would be a serious blow to the industry.

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