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

Is America ready for a vegetarian president?

GOP candidate Ben Carson may be a Tea Party favorite, but his red-state leanings don't extend to red meat.

Food

How water woes will mess with food businesses

A new report makes the business case for food producers to do more to protect their water supplies by supporting action on climate.

Food

Removing antibiotics from food makes a difference, removing GMOs doesn’t

Food chains are falling over themselves trying to please the public by simplifying their products. Sometimes that's great. Sometimes it's meaningless.

Food

The next big war might be over phosphorus

A new study of soil warns that we're pushing the limits of our planetary skin and in danger of pulling nutrients out of the earth too fast.

Climate & Energy

Who controls California’s water?

Hundley's "The Great Thirst" reveals some surprising wrinkles and twists in California's long history of manhandling water to meet its needs.

Food

Candy company to kids: Don’t eat too much sugar!

The latest call for moderating our sugar cravings comes from an unlikely quarter: the producer of M&Ms and Snickers.

Food

Would you like some criticism on your GMO-free Chipotle burrito?

When the healthy-fast-food chain announced it was dropping most GMO ingredients, it probably didn't expect a full-on media backlash.

Climate & Energy

California moving to stage 2 of drought grief: Anger

Let all the denial and anger, bargaining and depression hang out! Then Californians can start taking the specific measures that will actually save water.

Food

Farmers are watering your food with fracking chemicals

Chevron is selling fracking wastewater to Central Valley farmers to grow food. Dangers seem limited right now -- but let's be more careful and transparent.