Nathanael Johnson

The way we make fertilizer sucks, but we haven’t had a good alternative … until now

Researchers may have found a way to create carbon-free fertilizer using sunlight and nanotech.

Food

What’s a GMO? Apparently not these magic mushrooms.

A recent ruling could help usher in new crops built to resist insects, disease, and drought.

Food

Can we actually make a difference by changing the way we eat?

Moving toward plant-based diets can make a big difference, but we'll have to reduce food waste, and increase yields too.

Climate & Energy

How much has drought screwed the West Coast?

The West is hot, bothered, and adapting.

Living

This landscape architect is the bra burner of lawn design

Edwina von Gal wants to free your lawn from its corset.

Food

This book will help you see your surroundings in a whole new light

Let's work out a realistic relationship with the nature around us.

Letter from Costa Rica

Talking to the people who raise your favorite breakfast fruit

Visting a banana plantation actually made me feel better about eating bananas

Science

These vitamin-fortified bananas might get you thinking differently about GMOs

A controversial effort is underway to fight vitamin A deficiency with engineered bananas.

Business & Technology

General Mills is doing GMO labeling, because it’s just easier

Food companies had been a united front. Now that front is crumbling like a granola bar.