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.

Strawberry fields not forever

For strawberries, it’s diversify or die

A pesticide ban is about to make life harder than ever for strawberry growers -- but the rule might also spur some creative solutions.


Jeb comes out against ethanol mandate, Iowa be damned

The presidential candidate thinks it's time for the renewable fuel standard to end.


How will technology change farming?

Billions in startup investment are driving a new wave of "Ag 3.0" innovations that could make farms more productive, efficient, and responsible.

Climate & Energy

Poll: Californians are more worried about climate change because drought

As the state's water shortage deepens, its residents get more serious about responding to climate change.

Business & Technology

Did slaves harvest the palm oil that went into your cookie?

A Wall Street Journal investigation finds egregious worker exploitation on a plantation in Malaysia that sells to big multinationals.


To make meat greener, make it more efficiently

The planet isn't going vegetarian. But we could make all that meat a lot more efficiently, and less wastefully.


What’s it like to watch a slaughter?

A visit to the UC-Davis slaughterhouse to watch the transition from livestock to meat offers some lessons in anxiety and respect.


We recall 100 blue whales’ worth of meat a year

This infographic brims with gross food safety facts.


Temple Grandin digs in on the practical side of what animals want

To improve the lives of the animals we grow for food, we must drop preconceived ideas and try to think like them.