Nathanael Johnson
Food

Don’t believe the slander: Americans are eating less crap.

But the rich still eat better than the rest.

Tune up time

Time to invest in agriculture that can survive changing climates. Like, now.

We tend to treat farming like an old car: Scrimp on routine maintenance and panic when disaster strikes.

corncob pipe dream

Can we finally make gasoline out of corncobs?

Maybe we really will drive corn-powered cars someday

good dirt

Plants have an immune system, too. It’s called soil.

The more microbes, the merrier.

as kazakh as apple pie

Your food is better traveled than you are

National ​dishes are made up of ingredients from around the world.

Meatheads

Our bodies don’t need meat. So why can’t we give it up?

A new book explains why humans eat animals.

Food

Our rotten immigration policies have left us with a bunch of rotten food

Ramped-up border patrols have kept farmworkers away — which is a big problem for our agricultural system.

Business & Technology

Food-safety regulation thwarts start-up’s dream to bring you home-cooked meals

Is there a way to sensibly regulate food safety without drumming out innovation -- and homemade pupusas?

Food

Meet the man who changed the way the U.S. fights poverty abroad

The best way to fight poverty worldwide? Give small farmers a hand.