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Resources for Teaching about Food and Food Issues

  • New Planet Food Interactive

    The Global Story of Food

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  • All About Food

    An Encyclopedic Entry for Everything from Nutrients to Foreign Aid

    A man straightens his rich vegetable stand in the busy market town of Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Vegetables are one of the most important foods in any diet. Vegetables alone provide nearly all the nutrients people need to survive.
  • Human Footprint

    Discover the Impact of Your Choices

Use these resources to help your students learn about food, the environmental and societal problems that involve food, and to gain the information necessary to formulate their own opinions on food-related issues.

On the National Geographic Channel

Watch food experts from around the country and National Geographic staff as they explore why food is such an interesting topic, and how it can open doors to the rest of the world.

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Clips from the Show

Use these clips from Eat: The Story of Food to teach about food in your classroom.

Columbus Discovers America

Columbus Discovers America  

What important role did pepper play in Columbus' discovery of the new world?

Nutty for Nutmeg

Nutty for Nutmeg  

How a humble spice played a key role in capitalism—and U.S. history.

Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party  

American colonists chose tea as a turning point in the revolution against Great Britain.

A Matter of Taste

A Matter of Taste  

Discover how we taste what we taste—and why it maters.

How Does it Grow?

The How Does it Grow? video series tells the story of food from field to fork. Check out the How Does it Grow? website for more food education resources.

Activity Menu

Find activities to explore food systems, culture, and cultivation.

Geographic Groceries

Geographic Groceries  

Students explore the regions of a grocery store to see which foods are grouped together and why.

Culture and Food and Ritual, Oh My!

Culture and Food and Ritual, Oh My!  

Students plan a menu for a religious ceremony in accordance with food rituals.

Food Crops in the Americas

Food Crops in the Americas  

Students use a map that shows land use, land cover, and major crops to create a large, thematic map of the Americas and analyze the patterns they see.

The Geography of Food in Film

The Geography of Food in Film  

Nat Geo staffers weigh in with their favorite food movies.

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath  

John Steinbeck captures people’s relationships with the environment during the Dust Bowl.

Cultivating Life in the Sonoran Desert

Cultivating Life in the Sonoran Desert  

A school in Tucson, Arizona, uses gardens and native plant biomes in project-based learning, celebrating local heritage and providing therapy to students.

Extreme Foodies

You don't have to be a chef to do cool things with food. These explorers are challenging and changing the way we eat, farm, and get rid of food.

Soil Scientist: Jerry Glover

Soil Scientist: Jerry Glover  

Profile of soil scientist and Emerging Explorer Jerry Glover.

Environmental Scientist: Dr. Jennifer Burney

Environmental Scientist: Dr. Jennifer Burney  

Profile of 2011 Emerging Explorer and environmental scientist Dr. Jennifer Burney.

Spice Buyer: Al Goetze

Spice Buyer: Al Goetze  

Profile on Al Goetze, a spice trader for McCormick & Company.

Bug Chef: David George Gordon

Bug Chef: David George Gordon  

David George Gordon is a science writer and "bug chef."

Agricultural Ecologist: David Lobell

Agricultural Ecologist: David Lobell  

2013 MacArthur Fellow David Lobell researches how to make agricultural systems more productive to feed the world and reduce poverty.

Basic Bites

Explore our reference library for fundamental food terms and concepts.

Geography of Food

Use the interactive and maps below to learn about where food grows and who eats what around the world.

In Your School

Use these resources to rethink the way food is taught about and presented at your school.

Around the Society

Fascinating, in-depth looks at some of our planet's most pressing food issues from divisions across National Geographic.

Mmmmmm, Media

Check out these interesting photos and videos about food around the world.

From the Sea

Use these resources to teach about sustainable seafood.

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Educator Discount (Magazine)

Educator Discount (Magazine)