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.

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This site will answer all your growing queries

PlantVillage crowdsources responses to all sorts of farming questions from around the globe, pooling scholarly info with hands-on experience.


14 pointers toward a better food system: Connecting the (local, sustainable) dots

If we want to scale up the local food movement's ideas, here's a list of principles that could make all the difference.

Cereal killers

Meet the breakfast cereals that want to destroy you

The average children's breakfast cereal contains more than twice as much sugar as ice cream, and a dozen brands pack more than 50 percent sugar.


Does your supermarket flunk the green seafood test?

Greenpeace's useful annual report card tells you how each supermarket chain does, or doesn't, look out for the ocean and its wildlife.


How women will save the Earth

A new dad ponders the fragility of life, and the power of strong women.


How our national food fight is like a grumpy marriage

Enough with the obsession over organics and GMOs, Mark Bittman urges. The food movement should keep its eyes on the big prizes: reforming farming and improving eating.


Now, some carbon research even climate deniers can get bummed over

New evidence suggests that increasing levels of carbon, by itself -- not via the hotter climate it yields -- could cause malnutrition.


Want to breathe new life into your city? Build a fence around it

Protecting local farms can be a recipe for urban revival, if Portland is any indication. Of course, that's easier said than done.


Showdown at the organic standards board meeting

Behind protest chants and an arrest, an obscure rule change. And behind that, a fight for the purity of a movement.

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