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.

Food

Farm tech isn’t a war between good and evil — it’s a quest for whatever works

Forget the ideological showdowns. Poor farmers will thrive when they find the right mix of high and low technologies that serves their needs.

Food

10 things that would fix the food system faster than GMO-labeling

What if we took the energy and money that's invested in fighting over GMO labeling and put it into laws that would really make a difference?

Food

4 problems GMO labeling won’t solve

A lot of people support GMO labels as a blow against pesticides or Big Ag. We should probably just go after those problems directly.

Food

If Berkeley can’t pass a soda tax, who can?

Taxing soda won't single-handedly end obesity, but it's still a step worth supporting.

Food

GMO-free cereal? Middle America shrugs

Cheerios has been touting its freedom from genetic modification for months now, but General Mills says the label has not goosed cereal sales.

Food

Cargill promises to stop chopping down rainforests. This is huge.

The agribusiness giant signs a pledge to stop contributing to deforestation worldwide -- if they're successful, the reductions in carbon pollution are on par with taking all the cars in the world off the road.

Dry Me a River

A kayak trip down the hardest working river in the world

A reporter spent three weeks kayaking the length of California's San Joaquin River -- but thanks to its forlorn state, he had to do a lot of walking.

Food

Why “get big” isn’t the answer for poor farmers around the globe

Here's why farms are getting smaller, not larger, in developing countries.

Food

The farmers should show up to the climate march

Farmers of all sizes should and do care about climate. Why shouldn't they all -- conventional and organic, big and small -- come out for Sunday's big protest?

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