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Paul Greenberg

James Beard Award-Winning Author of the New York Times Bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

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Paul Greenberg is the James Beard award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller and Notable Book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food. A regular contributor to the New York Times’ Opinion Page, Magazine, Dining section, and Book Review, Greenberg lectures widely on seafood and ocean sustainability. His lecture venues include Google, the United States Senate, the United States Supreme Court, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the New England Aquarium, The Culinary Institute of America, Harvard University, Brown University, Williams College, Yale University’s Peabody Museum, Chefs Collaborative National Summit, SeaWeb’s Seafood Summit, and Paine & Partners annual shareholders meeting.

A guest and commentator on public radio programs including Fresh Air, All Things Considered, and The Leonard Lopate Show, Greenberg is also a fiction writer. His 2002 novel, Leaving Katya, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. In the last five years, he has been a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow, and a writer-in-residence at the Bogliasco Foundation’s Liguria Study Center near Genoa, Italy.

In addition to his fiction and nonfiction writing in the United States, Greenberg has worked extensively overseas with long-term assignments in Russia, Ukraine, France, the Caucasus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, the West Bank/Gaza, and many other locations around the world. His essays have been published internationally in The Times of London, The Observer (UK), The Age (Australia), SüddeutscheZeitung (Germany) and The Globe and Mail (Canada). Four Fish is forthcoming in Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Germany.

Speaking Topics

  • Four Fish: Fishing, Aquaculture and the Future of the Last Wild Food

    In the next 10 years farmed seafood will overtake wild seafood in the marketplace for the first time in the history of humanity. A food revolution of this size and scope has not occurred for 10,000 years, when humans first stepped forward from their hunter-gatherer existences and began domesticating mammals. And yet, this modern seafood revolution has occurred almost entirely under the radar of most consumers. Only a small percentage of the American population know that any time Atlantic salmon appear in the marketplace, they are farmed; that domesticating the European sea bass made possible the taming of nearly all of fish-kind; that farming bluefin can require as much as 20 pounds of wild fish to produce a single pound of tuna. In this talk Paul Greenberg will delve into the ins and outs of wild fisheries and aquaculture and explain how our last wild food is in the process of changing forever.

  • The Future of the Oceans
  • Fish Cookery (optional demo included)
  • Urban Gardening
  • The Food Reform Movement
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Paul Greenberg, 2012 Grantham Award of Special Merit

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Featured Book

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

"Four Fish is not only the best analysis I've seen of the current state of both wild and farmed fish―it's a terrific read."

– Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything and Food Matters

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