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.


Watch us explain how to feed the world and end poverty at the same time

All the complex and amazing truth about getting the whole world onto a better-for-the-planet diet, boiled down to this one little video.

Swine fu

Scientists take a page from super cows and engineer double-bacon hogs

Twice the muscle means twice the meat in these gene-edited hogs, fresh from the lab in South Korea.

Climate & Energy

Airlines are investing in biofuels. How’s that shaking out?

A California producer of airplane fuel derived from household waste gets a boost from United Airlines.

Business & Technology

GM wheat trial fails, but science wins anyway

British researchers tried to engineer a kind of wheat that would repel bugs without need for insecticide. They failed, but they still learned a lot.

Wild sting

Here’s the real thing killing bees: Us

Neonics were supposed to reduce the use of sprayed pesticides -- and they did. But they also stick around long enough to harm the whole wild ecosystem.


Oslo builds its bees a highway of flowers

We've crowded nature out of much of our cities -- but we can always invite it back in.


5 reasons the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling matters for the environment

Maybe government can actually act, sometimes. And maybe common sense could become a driving force in our national decision-making.


Why are bees hurting? A lineup of suspects

There are so many possible explanations for why honeybee populations have been in decline. Here they all are, carefully evaluated.


The thing we need most to deal with climate change — beer — is threatened by climate change

Climate change is pushing the brewing industry to think more deeply about its practices and find more sustainable ways of producing your pint.