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.


Organic farming is great, but it’s not Jesus

Organic agriculture can indeed do good things for the soil that reduce greenhouse gases. But overselling the advantages can backfire.

Clear eyes, full stomachs, can't lose

Michelle Obama’s food fight with GOP: Schools just want to have funds

Politicians fighting over funding for school lunches are lurching toward loosening rules when they should really get serious about boosting funding.


Go ahead: Ignore the “latest studies” and savor that chocolate

In picking our diets, we pay far too much attention to basic research into phenomena we barely understand -- and not enough heed to our own senses.


Oregon county bans GMO crops

Organic farmers, worried about contamination, win a local campaign, even though the state has its own new rules barring locales from regulating GMOs.


The bottom line is why Big Food should take a stand on climate

Oxfam names the 10 food companies that could make a difference in helping push governments to get serious about carbon emission regulations.

Question thyme

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.

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