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.


Here’s a realistic plan to slash food waste

A new report lays out a detailed plan for making big cuts in food waste.


How lessons from the Black Panthers could change the food movement

History teaches us that food has always been a potent political tool.


Farmers don’t try new things because it’s too risky. This could change that

A new website gives important information on new agriculture gizmos.


Senate moves closer to blocking state GMO labeling

The bill would quash a slew of local initiatives, including a labeling law in Vermont which kicks in July 1.

Business & Technology

Investors flock to food and agriculture technology

Yes, they're funding a lot of food-delivery services, but they're also pushing to solve real problems in agriculture and food distribution.


Food stamps change would make convenience stores stock actual food

A new proposal would require stores that accept food stamps to carry some real food, not just calorie-laden facsimiles.

Climate & Energy

Putting corn in your car isn’t as crazy as it sounds

Ethanol is complicated, but it's not nearly as bad as some accounts make it sound.


A bogus theory connecting Zika virus to Monsanto could give mosquitoes a boost

Protecting actual people from mosquitoes should take priority over crediting imaginary Monsanto rumors.


GOP reps vs. EPA’s clean water rules: Ready, fire, aim

There might be some reasons for Congress to grill the EPA leadership about its clean water rules, but this hearing couldn't find them.