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.


Is producing more food to feed the world beside the point?

Which should be tackled first: hunger or inequality? Food production or distribution? These chicken-and-egg questions tangle every "feeding the planet" debate.


When it comes to roads and rail, we force government to lie to us

California's high-speed rail is only the latest public megaproject to be stuck in the overpromise-overspend cycle -- because we make it hard for officials to be honest.


Soy vey! Monsanto just lost its GM permit in the Yucatán

A judge in Mexico has ruled that genetically modified soy presents a danger to bees -- and also to the honey industry.


Weed could be resistant to GMO labeling in Colorado

Colorado is gearing up for a ballot fight on labeling genetically engineered food products. It looks like the initiative doesn't give cannabis a pass.

Opening the Gates

Teaching a humongous foundation to listen to small farmers

Sam Dryden led the Gates Foundation's farm program for five years, guided less by his background in Big Ag than his upbringing on a hardscrabble Appalachian farm.


Turning swords to ploughshares is a balm for veterans

A new documentary about veterans turned farmers finds that working the soil can be an antidote to the hardships of re-entry.


We are what we eat, but that doesn’t mean we can’t change

Food is identity. So making diets healthier and more sustainable isn't easy. We can begin by cutting out the hectoring and lecturing.


Cargill promises to get right with palm oil

The agricultural giant joins a growing bandwagon of companies pledging not to promote deforestation as they supply their (and our) vegetable-oil habits.

Tin foiled again

Don’t believe anything you read at Natural News

Don't be taken in: This site sometimes plays to green sympathies, but it's full of untrustworthy information and outright conspiracy theories.

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