This video was filmed on Wednesday, June 22nd at the 2011 National Geographic Explorers Symposium at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.


National Geographic Fellow and acclaimed chef Barton Seaver wants to restore our ties to the natural world—through dinner. Barton Seaver is a chef and National Geographic Fellow who has dedicated his career to restoring the relationship we have with our ocean. It is his belief that the choices we are making for dinner are directly impacting the ocean and its fragile ecosystems.


  • Introduction: Defining food as a sustainable and cultural resource (00:00-04:00 min.)
  • Sustainable seafood and the role that chefs play (04:01-05:34 min.)
  • Eating as a way of connecting to the world and how we can use this connection to make a difference (05:35-08:10 min.)
  • Using resources wisely: A story about a Peruvian fishery (08:11-10:10 min.)
  • Using resources wisely: A story about cows, bananas, and caviar in the Swiss Alps (10:11-13:39 min.)
  • Sustainable resource management and wise decision making (13:40-17:10 min.)

Strategies for Using Video in a Variety of Learning Environments

  • Have students preview several of the videos and choose the one they find most inspiring. Have students describe in writing a conversation they might have with the speaker(s).
  • Freeze the video on a relevant image. Have students observe details in the still image and jot down predictions of what the full video might be about. Discuss students' ideas before and after watching the video.
  • Pose an open-ended question before students watch the video, and have them discuss their ideas before and after in small groups.
  • Have students determine what they think the key message of this video is. Was the speaker effective in getting his or her message across?
  • Show a short clip to engage students during class, and then have students watch the full video at home and write a paragraph responding to the content or a question you give them.
  • Have students note statements that represent facts or opinions, including where it's difficult to tell the difference. What further research might help distinguish facts and opinions? How might the speaker's viewpoint compare with others' viewpoints about a topic?
cultural resource

object, idea, activity, or practice that defines a culture or heritage.


material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.


available supply of materials, goods, or services. Resources can be natural or human.

resource management

art and science of directing or negotiating the way people interact with the natural landscape. Also called natural resource management.


fish and shellfish consumed by humans.

seafood print

impact of fishing practices on the world's oceans, based on quantities and types of fish caught and consumed.


use of resources in such a manner that they will never be exhausted.

sustainable seafood

fish, shellfish, and other aquatic organisms harvested from fish farms or fisheries that can be maintained without damaging the ecosystem.