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.

Don't believe the snipe

The good news about farming and the Paris climate talks

Agriculture isn't mentioned in the big climate deal. So what? The conclave did embrace major new research into how soil can soak up carbon.


Fall in love with the people behind your lettuce with this moving film on farmworkers

A new documentary provides a glimpse of what the lives of the families that produce our vegetables are really like.


Hold on to your straw hats. Farming is about to go low-carbon

A new report takes a close look at the energy that goes into our food and offers tools for a better path forward.


Farmers hold the key to climate change action in the United States

Farmers could be big winners in any program to fight climate change. The author of a new book explains why they've hung back so far.


Here’s how to do GMO labeling so everyone wins

A New York Times editorial gives the push to label GMOs some cover in policy-wonk land -- and helps broaden the discussion over food-system transparency.

Climate & Energy

The EPA raises the Renewable Fuels Standard. Here’s why that makes no sense

Ethanol uses up farmland and harms the climate even more than fossil fuels. But it's business, and somebody's making hay.

Business & Technology

Why aren’t more farmers turning poop into power?

Methane digesters are making economic as well as environmental sense in Vietnam. They could do so everywhere -- here's how.


Michael Pollan’s food advice hits the big screen

A new documentary brings "In Defense of Food" to cinematic life.


Does the chicken industry pluck farmers?

Efficient or exploitive? Poultry companies pit chicken farmers against one another in a "tournament" system.