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.


Mark Bittman’s plan to make you fall in love with vegan food

The author and former New York Times columnist talks about the new vegan meal-kit startup he has recently joined.


Is the USDA trying to silence a pesticide researcher?

A whistleblower complaint says the feds suspended a researcher because they didn't like his findings that a popular pesticide is harmful to monarch butterflies.


Why you shouldn’t panic about human DNA in veggie dogs

Lab analysis of foods can be valuable, but we should be careful about context-free panics.


Bacon causes cancer. Should you panic?

Too often, headlines about different cancer-causing categories end up being more confusing than helpful.


A yummy new food policy podcast

Food Fight takes on food issues and the food movement in a light and engaging style.


Your Granny Smith has a story. Here’s what it’s like to harvest apples

NPR offers a thoughtful radio portrait of one migrant apple picker's life.


Senate panel warms to GMOs

On the agriculture committee, at least, senators showed little stomach for regulating GMOs and more support for a national voluntary labeling law.


OF COURSE you want to plant a winter garden! Here’s how to get started

Wherever you live, you have some options to grow your own veggies all the way through the dark, cold months.


Do industrial agricultural methods actually yield more food per acre than organic ones?

To grow enough food for everyone, we're going to have to borrow the best ideas from all sides of the agricultural debate.