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.

The Farmer

How to feed the world, with a little kelp from our friends (the oceans)

Paul Dobbins' farm needs no pesticides, fertilizer, land, or water — we just have to learn to love seaweed.

Johnny Neonic

Study finds a link between neonic pesticides and honeybee deaths

In the U.K., scientists find one variety of the widely used seed-coating pesticide can harm domestic honeybees -- more cause for a cautious approach.

Science

Yet another land mine for GMO Golden Rice

The real problems with a controversial, retracted study weren't about the science but about respect for the subjects' values.

Food

New research shows a flaw in the plan to tax soda out of existence

Merchants aren't passing the cost along to consumers, and that means the tax might not reduce soda consumption as supporters intended.

Business & Technology

From cutting down rainforests to restoring them: A company changes course

As companies begin to try to put sustainability commitments into practice, moves like this one by Asia Pulp & Paper are essential.

Strawberry fields not forever

For strawberries, it’s diversify or die

A pesticide ban is about to make life harder than ever for strawberry growers -- but the rule might also spur some creative solutions.

Food

Jeb comes out against ethanol mandate, Iowa be damned

The presidential candidate thinks it's time for the renewable fuel standard to end.

Food

How will technology change farming?

Billions in startup investment are driving a new wave of "Ag 3.0" innovations that could make farms more productive, efficient, and responsible.

Climate & Energy

Poll: Californians are more worried about climate change because drought

As the state's water shortage deepens, its residents get more serious about responding to climate change.