Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

An Evening with Mark Bittman: The History and Future of Food

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar with food journalist Mark Bittman in conversation with Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Kirk Johnson, aired May 5, 2021. It was part of the An Evening With series. Watch a recording in the player above.


Award-winning food journalist and former columnist for The New York Times Mark Bittman says, “you can’t have a serious conversation about food without talking about human rights, climate change, and justice.” In his newest book, Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal, Bittman tells the story of how food has driven human history, and explores food’s effect on our planet and its impacts on climate change. 

In conversation with Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Bittman discussed how history has been shaped by humanity’s appetite for food, farmland, and the money behind it all—and how a better future is within reach.

Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
Social Studies