EAT: The Story of Food / The Future of Food

Chefs José Andrés and Barton Seaver talk about the importance of food as a resource and how we can save it.

Food. It's driven nearly everything we've ever done as a species, and yet it's one of the most overlooked aspects of human history. In the beginning, our hunger drove us to hunt. Then, it led us to plant and settle, resulting in civilization. We conquered the land, and we went out into the ocean and then the larger world. We filled our bellies, but it still wasn't enough. Because as humans became more sophisticated, so did our needs—we searched for flavor and convenience, adapting science and technology to match our cravings. Whether for meat or sugar, junk food or beer, humanity's appetite has altered the planet, shaped our history and even altered our future. This six-part series is the epic story behind food and how it made us "us."

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Cook-Wise

Join Barton Seaver in a new series exploring sustainability, community, and environmental concerns as they relate to one of the world's most common rituals—dinner.

Cook-Wise from National Geographic: Size Matters

Cook-Wise from National Geographic: Size Matters

Join Barton Seaver on Maryland's Eastern Shore and learn why a little fish called menhaden has a big importance to the health of the ocean.


Cook-Wise from National Geographic: Environmentalism on the Half Shell

Cook-Wise from National Geographic: Environmentalism on the Half Shell

Follow Barton Seaver as he visits the owners of a hundred-year-old oyster company who are working to keep the famous oysters on the map—and on our plates.

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In Search of Food: Minneapolis Part 1

In Search of Food: Minneapolis Part 1

Barton visits the farmers and producers of Minneapolis, MN.

In Search of Food: Minneapolis Part 2

In Search of Food: Minneapolis Part 2

Barton visits a small working farm. In Search of Food is presented by Agrilicious.org

In Search of Food: Minneapolis Part 3

In Search of Food: Minneapolis Part 3

Barton visits a local creamery. In Search of Food is presented by Agrilicious.org

In Search of Food: Minneapolis Part 4

In Search of Food: Minneapolis Part 4

Barton Seaver visits a general store and creates an epic meal with friends. In Search of Food is presented by Agrilicious.org

National Geographic Live! - The Community of Food

National Geographic Live! - The Community of Food

Washington, D.C., restaurant veterans swap fascinating tales from inside the restaurant industry and explore the rise of celebrity chefs, the push for local and organic food, and the role food plays in human connection.

Wicked Tuna: Bluefin Experts: Barton Seaver

Wicked Tuna: Bluefin Experts: Barton Seaver

Renowned chef and National Geographic Fellow Barton Seaver discusses how to conserve the bluefin.

National Geographic Live! - Seafood and Survival

National Geographic Live! - Seafood and Survival

National Geographic Fellow and acclaimed chef Barton Seaver wants to restore our ties to the natural world — through dinner.

Fine Cooking: A Moveable Feast Season 1, Ep. 11: Island Oysters, Duxbury, MA

Fine Cooking: A Moveable Feast Season 1, Ep. 11: Island Oysters, Duxbury, MA

Chefs Jeremy Sewell and Barton Seaver take host Pete Evans to Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury, Massachusetts, to forage for tasty bivalves.

National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions: Barton Seaver on Sustainable Dining in the Pacific Northwest

National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions: Barton Seaver on Sustainable Dining in the Pacific Northwest

Chef and author Barton Seaver joined a Lindblad-National Geographic expedition in the Pacific Northwest as a guest speaker. Video by Jim Napoli.

National Geographic Kids Cookbook: Eggs!

National Geographic Kids Cookbook: Eggs!

Help save the planet! Chef and National Geographic Explorer Barton Seaver gives kid-friendly tips on sustainability from his new book, packed with scrumptious seasonal recipes, tasty food facts, fun challenges, and more.

TED TALKS: Sustainable seafood? Let's get smart.

TED TALKS: Sustainable seafood? Let's get smart.

Chef Barton Seaver presents a modern dilemma: Seafood is one of our healthier protein options, but overfishing is desperately harming our oceans. He suggests a simple way to keep fish on the dinner table that includes every mom's favorite adage: "Eat your vegetables!

Chefs@Google Presents Barton Seaver: "For Cod & Country"

Chefs@Google Presents Barton Seaver: "For Cod & Country"

Even though there are hundreds of types of fish for sale, most chefs know only a few varieties. That's where Barton Seaver comes in with his unique approach: By combining all manner of fish with loads of fresh vegetables, he fosters sustainability both in the sea and on the farm.

SeaWeb: Barton Seaver, Seafood Champion

SeaWeb: Barton Seaver, Seafood Champion

Barton Seaver, 2008 Seafood Champion, talks to us about sustainable seafood and our relationship with the ocean.

Culinary Institute of America: Barton Seaver '01, Chef, Author, and National Geographic Fellow

Culinary Institute of America: Barton Seaver '01, Chef, Author, and National Geographic Fellow

Barton Seaver, who graduated from the CIA in 2001, returned to his alma mater to speak with students about his mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through dinner. He believes food is a crucial way for us to connect with the ecosystems, people, and cultures of our world.

In Search of Food: NY Behind the Scenes with Barton Seaver

In Search of Food: NY Behind the Scenes with Barton Seaver

Ovation takes us behind the scenes of their new series "In Search of Food" (2011)

New England Aquarium Lecture Series

New England Aquarium Lecture Series

October 20, 2011 — Chef, author, speaker and National Geographic fellow Barton Seaver talks about his mission to restore our relationships with the ocean, the land and each other—through dinner. He believes food in a crucial way to connect with the ecosystems, people and cultures of our world.

CNN: Seafood becoming more scarce?

CNN: Seafood becoming more scarce?

Sustainable seafood practices are discussed in light of efforts to conserve food sources. CNN's Tom Foreman reports for Anderson Cooper.

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