Nathanael Johnson

The feds are trying to figure out what “natural” food is. Don’t get your hopes up.

There's still time to tell the FDA what you think the "natural" label should mean.

There's gold in them goldfish

Are you ready for goldfish sushi?

Escaped pets make up one of the most profitable fisheries in Lake Erie.

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.


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.


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.


This landscape architect is the bra burner of lawn design

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


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