Paul Greenberg, Writer in Residence

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Paul Greenberg is the author of the James Beard Award-winning, New York Times bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and his newest release, American Catch.

American Catch is about how we lost and how we might regain American local seafood. The book in a nutshell: The US controls more ocean than any country on earth yet 90% of our seafood is imported.  American Catch discusses the potential for reviving our local fisheries as we restore the regional ecosystems that support them.

Just as Michael Pollan helped readers navigate the complicated politics of land food, Greenberg has been a major force in decoding the politics of seafood. All the while his accessible and entertaining style has allowed him to extend his reach to publications and news outlets that normally eschew coverage of the ocean. His articles and op-eds as a Safina Center Fellow Writer in Residence have covered topics ranging from oyster beds as storm protection to Alaska’s Pebble Mine and protecting ocean canyons from oil and gas exploration.

Greenberg is a regular contributor to the New York Times MagazineNew York Times Sunday Book Review and the New York Times Opinion page. He has also written for National GeographicGQThe Times of LondonVogueAmerican Prospect and The Atlantic, among many others. In the last five years, he has been both a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow and a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow. In 2012 Greenberg won the Grantham Prize – Award of Special Merit and was named a 2014 Pew Fellow in marine conservation.

Greenberg lectures widely on issues of ocean sustainability at diverse venues around the world. His book, Four Fish, has been translated into Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin and Korean, and is soon to be published in Greek and Russian.

WATCH Paul Greenberg’s TED Talk
LISTEN to the American Catch interview on NPR’s Fresh Air
LISTEN to the Four Fish interview on NPR’s Fresh Air
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