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.

Food

Are marijuana regulations weeding out family farmers?

As marijuana becomes a legitimate business, safety regulations and bureaucracy could make life tough for small "craft" growers.

Food

What one farmer learned from surviving the ’80s farm crisis

Farming changes may be inevitable, but that doesn't make their human cost any easier to bear. You can hear it in this farmer's voice.

Food

Everything I thought I knew about water in California is wrong

Yes, farmers use a whole lot of Golden State water. But there's no easy solution to the state's drought woes in turning off their taps.

Food

2 farmers’ stories: The fall and rise of the mid-size farm

A Grist podcast explores the issue of farm loss from the farmer's perspective.

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Vitamins aren’t miracle cures — and that’s just fine

The author of a new book about our obsession with vitamins talks about the quest for nutritional certainty and the value of embracing how little we really know.

Food

Making almonds the drought’s scapegoat? That’s nuts

California's water woes have sent waves of guilt through the ranks of almond-eaters, but the real trouble lies with our antiquated, crazy rules for distributing water.

Hearts of palm

48 hours that changed the future of rainforests

Inside the high-stakes negotiations with the world's largest palm oil corporation.

Food

USDA kicks in $31 million to help poor people eat better

New grants support community programs that give food stamp recipients more bang for their fruit and vegetable bucks.

Food

Agribusiness giant tells suppliers to stop cutting down forests

The move by Archer Daniels Midland is the latest in a heartening procession of corporate commitments to protecting rainforests from devastation.