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.
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.
Use these clips from Eat: The Story of Food to teach about food in your classroom.
Find activities to explore food systems, culture, and cultivation.
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.
Explore our reference library for fundamental food terms and concepts.
Encyclopedic entry. A food staple is a food that makes up the dominant part of a population’s diet. Food staples are eaten regularly—even daily—and supply a major proportion of a person’s energy and nutritional needs.
Agriculture is the art and science of cultivating the soil, growing crops and raising livestock.
To irrigate is to water crops by bringing in water from pipes, canals, sprinklers, or other man-made means, rather than relying on rainfall alone.
A diet is the combination of foods typically eaten by a specific group of people or other organisms.
Nutrients are chemical substances found in every living thing on Earth
Encyclopedic entry. Grain is the harvested seed of grasses such as wheat, oats, rice, and corn. Other important grains include sorghum, millet, rye, and barley.
Drought is an extended period of unusually dry weather when there is not enough rain.
An herbivore is an organism that mostly feeds on plants. Herbivores range in size from tiny insects such as aphids to large, lumbering elephants.
An omnivore is an organism that regularly consumes a variety of material, including plants, animals, algae, and fungi. They range in size from tiny insects like ants to large creatures—like people.
A carnivore is an organism that mostly eats meat, or the flesh of animals. Sometimes carnivores are called predators.
A scavenger is an organism that mostly consumes decaying biomass, such as meat or rotting plant matter.
Use the interactive and maps below to learn about where food grows and who eats what around the world.
An interactive graphically displaying data that compares national diets and consumption patterns across countries over time.
The world produces enough calories for everyone to eat enough. So why are almost one billion people still chronically undernourished? The problem isn’t always food, it’s access. Solving world hunger means figuring out ways to get existing food to people in need.
Where are some of the world’s staple crops grown? Explore the world through food data with new map themes, data, and tools for customizing your map.
Use these resources to rethink the way food is taught about and presented at your school.
Aligning food content to national standards.
Guides and examples to help start your own school garden.
A visual guide to making an impact in your lunch room.
Check out these interesting photos and videos about food around the world.
Louisiana’s red swamp crawfish has flourished—as both food and pest—across four continents.
Photo. A multinational corporation adapts to Hong Kong culture.
Follow this tasty treat from scriblita to the Big Easy.
More than just an eating contest, this annual Fourth of July event is an American immigrant success story.
Sasha Kramer transforms waste into resources in Haiti.
Nibbles from other great organizations
Magazine articles all about food, with links to FREE teaching resources!
Infographics about food and food issues
View a crowd-sourced atlas of maps exploring the geography of food.
Learn about Geography in an entirely new way with short adventures for all ages.