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Conservation for Cod and Country: An economic and humanitarian imperative

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
UW Fisheries Sciences Auditorium
1122 NE Boat Street University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

Conservation for Cod and Country: An economic and humanitarian imperative

With chef, author, and National Geographic fellow Barton Seaver

Environmentalism is often considered as an activist cause focused on exposing how humans have impacted eco-systems. But this method of communication has often failed to include a narrative of the human experience associated with nature, and the driving economic interests that provide the framework for our interaction with eco-systems. Barton Seaver will examine this activist approach and show how this can be made more approachable by introducing resource extraction-reliant communities and the human interests fulfilled by eco-system services to the conversation.

In this lecture, Seaver will lay out a course of action that encourages both environmental resiliency and cultural shifts that will enable a more sustainable economic model for resource use that ensures enduring prosperity of the human experience.

While primarily focusing on maritime seafood production, Seaver will speak to current trends in food culture and how these lead to impacts both on the land and in the sea. Much of the sustainable foods cause is in fact handicapped by existing infrastructure and investments in current logistics of the supply chain. Consumers have an immense and untapped power to drive change in the way our food production is held captive to the current food distribution systems. Seaver will offer everyday behavioral solutions to create and invest in alternative models.

In order to fuel these behavioral shifts we must all refocus the dialogue around sustaining nature to a more human, hopeful, and useful conversation about what it will take for humans to thrive in our contemporary world.

Bio

Barton Seaver is a chef, author, speaker and National Geographic Fellow working 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 2009, Esquire Magazine named him "Chef of the Year". Seaver has since left the restaurant business to use his knowledge and experience to link seafood to broader socioeconomic, ecological, health, and cultural issues.

Seaver's relationships with leading organizations expand the reach of his message. The New England Aquarium named Barton their first Sustainability Fellow in Residence to help connect the Aquarium's message with our dinner plates. In 2013, Barton will work with Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment on sustainable food and health initiatives. Their efforts will aim to highlight the important connection between environmental resiliency and human health while ensuring the profitability of local food producers. As a member of the American Chef Corps, Barton is also helping the State Department with their diplomacy abroad.

Seaver's first cookbook, For Cod and Country, was published in 2011.

Location

UW Fisheries Sciences Auditorium
1122 NE Boat Street University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105
United States