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.

Business & Technology

Why your organic, fair-trade, cruelty-free chocolate bar won’t save the world

A save-the-forests advocate argues that the certification system gives companies an easy out -- rather than a push to transform the world.

Food

Foster Farms to reduce antibiotics in its chicken, but is it enough?

Big West Coast chicken outfit vows to join other industry heavyweights in cutting back its use of antibiotics.

Food

A Republican governor just bucked his party to veto an ag-gag law

In a shocking move of moral consistency, a governor says that if we protect whistleblowers in nursing homes, we shouldn't prosecute them on farms.

Climate & Energy

Obama tweets it up on climate change and Arctic drilling

Obama's first significant act as @POTUS was to hold a chat on climate change.

Politics

Soda taxes bubbling up all over

Doctors support the idea of taxing sugary beverages, and the state budget could use the money, too.

Politics

EPA’s new rules on river pollution outrage the usual suspects

The agency reasserts its authority to regulate rivers in the wake of court decisions that reined in its powers. This rankles some politicians.

Hive five

5 ways to tackle the mess that bees are in

You can spray 'em, breed 'em, even genetically engineer 'em. But the best way to fight bee mites might be to change the whole system.

Cricket game

In which I feed my children “land shrimp”

Crickets make a great sustainable protein source. But there are still some problems with the yum factor -- we lack a culinary tradition for bugs.

Politics

It’s official: California farmers volunteer to give up water

The state has already asked most farmers and residents to cut water use. Now it's turning to the people whose water rights are first in legal line.