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.

Business & Technology

Why are we still losing so much rainforest in Indonesia? A hypothesis

Who's to blame for last year's devastating fires in Indonesia -- big corporations? Small farmers? Or an endangered feudal system?


Cruz wins Iowa, ethanol loses

Apparently, it is possible to win the Iowa caucuses without bowing at the altar of fuel made from corn.


Move over, civet cats: This coffee company tries a fresh approach with bacteria

A new company is experimenting with custom-fermented coffee that mirrors the flavor profile of civet beans. We put it to a taste test.


Why is ethanol-loving Iowa embracing ethanol-hating Ted Cruz?

Opposing ethanol in Iowa used to be the touch of death. Not anymore.


Sign of the end times? Democrats and Republicans agree to help hungry kids

It's a little hard to believe, but a Senate committee has reached agreement on a compromise bill to strengthen school lunch programs.


The science: Is there any way to stop people from gorging on sugary drinks?

New studies find that warning labels and taxes can be effective tools in getting people to cut back on the sugary drinks.

Climate & Energy

The seven charts you need to fathom California’s water prospects

"So far, so good" is the word from the meteorologists, but they warn that weather patterns remain "darn unpredictable."


One of the angry ranchers’ complaints might make more sense than you think

But the armed militiamen holed up in Oregon are still indefensible wingnuts.


Here’s new news about pesticides and bees

A new EPA study finds that at least one of the neonic pesticides often blamed for honeybee woes really does hurt the pollinators.