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

McDonald’s to roll out organic hamburger in Germany

How big is the overlap between McD's customers and people who want organic beef? I guess we'll soon find out.

Food

Is Cargill backsliding on its promise to end deforestation?

Some environmental activists say yes. Cargill says actions speak louder than words.

Food

The oyster wars shed light on a bigger debate

After all the sound and fury of the oyster war, perhaps we can learn a better form of community decision making.

Food

Egg prices have doubled in the last year. Here’s why

Avian flu killed a lot of hens, so now there are fewer eggs to go around.

Food

Dealing with the rational fear about GMOs and global catastrophe

Nassim Taleb says that GMOs could doom the planet. He’s right. And the same could be said about all agriculture.

Food

Are scientists who collaborate with industry tainted?

A peek into the emails of scientists entangled in the debate over food, farms, and GMOs raises the question: How do we prevent business from skewing evidence?

Politics

In the face of war, immigration, and climate change, let’s take care of our human family

On parenthood in the face of catastrophes, Aylan Kurdi, and the best thing for people and the planet.

Politics

No, Carly Fiorina, the government has not “destroyed” California ag

According to the GOP candidate, regulation is strangling the Golden State's farmers. Yet somehow they are still earning record profits.

Food

This is a story about weed and hoes

Now that weeds can stand up to herbicides, farmers have to uproot them the old-fashioned way: with garden tools.