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.
Clips from the Show
Use these clips from Eat: The Story of Food to teach about food in your classroom.
Columbus Discovers America
What important role did pepper play in Columbus' discovery of the new world?
Boston Tea Party
American colonists chose tea as a turning point in the revolution against Great Britain.
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.
Find activities to explore food systems, culture, and cultivation.
Students explore the regions of a grocery store to see which foods are grouped together and why.
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
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 Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck captures people’s relationships with the environment during the Dust Bowl.
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.
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.
Environmental Scientist: Dr. Jennifer Burney
Profile of 2011 Emerging Explorer and environmental scientist Dr. Jennifer Burney.
Agricultural Ecologist: David Lobell
2013 MacArthur Fellow David Lobell researches how to make agricultural systems more productive to feed the world and reduce poverty.
Explore our reference library for fundamental food terms and concepts.
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.
The Art and Science of Agriculture
Agriculture is the art and science of cultivating the soil, growing crops and raising livestock.
growing seasonEncyclopedic entry. A growing season is the period of the year when crops and other plants grow successfully. The length of a growing season varies from place to place.
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 crop is a plant or plant product that can be grown and harvested for profit or subsistence. By use, crops fall into six categories: food crops, feed crops, fiber crops, oil crops, ornamental crops, and industrial crops.
dustDust is a collection of microscopic particles of material
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
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.
autotrophEncyclopedic entry. An autotroph is an organism that can produce its own food using light, water, carbon dioxide, or other chemicals. Because autotrophs produce their own food, they are sometimes called producers.
An herbivore is an organism that feeds mostly 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 eats mostly meat, or the flesh of animals. Sometimes carnivores are called predators.
A scavenger is an organism that consumes mostly decaying biomass, such as meat or rotting plant matter.
Geography of Food
Use the interactive and maps below to learn about where food grows and who eats what around the world.
What the World Eats
An interactive graphically displaying data that compares national diets and consumption patterns across countries over time.
The Paradox of Undernourishment
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.
Staple Food Crops of the World
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.
In Your School
Use these resources to rethink the way food is taught about and presented at your school.
Big Ideas: Linking Food, Culture, Health, and the Environment
Aligning food content to national standards.
Schoolyard Garden Guides
Guides and examples to help start your own school garden.
School Lunch Issue Guide
A visual guide to making an impact in your lunch room.
Around the Society
Fascinating, in-depth looks at some of our planet's most pressing food issues from divisions across National Geographic.
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.
McDonald's in Cantonese
Photo. A multinational corporation adapts to Hong Kong culture.
Follow this tasty treat from scriblita to the Big Easy.
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
More than just an eating contest, this annual Fourth of July event is an American immigrant success story.
Putting Waste to Work
Sasha Kramer transforms waste into resources in Haiti.
From the Sea
Use these resources to teach about sustainable seafood.
Dive into sustainable seafood and fisheries.
How to Farm a Better Fish
Can the "blue revolution" solve the world's food puzzle?
Chef: Barton Seaver
Profile of Barton Seaver, chef and National Geographic Fellow.
Nibbles from other great organizations
Teaching Tolerance: Food Collection
Magazine articles all about food, with links to FREE teaching resources!
Sustainable America: All About Food
Infographics about food and food issues
Food: An Atlas
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.