by Alex Dominguez, Associated Press
Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 3:07PM EDT
Aviators, mountain climbers, deep sea divers and jungle trekkers are getting some company at National Geographic from an explorer known more for his skill with a paring knife than a machete.
Officials at the Washington, D.C.-based society that since its 1888 founding has sponsored expeditions to the South Pole, the bottom of the ocean and the deepest jungle, say the selection of chef and seafood sustainability advocate Barton Seaver as a National Geographic fellow fits perfectly with the organization's pledge to inspire people to care about the planet.
"We're looking for all kinds of different people and messengers here to help sort of inspire people to care about the planet. That's our mission," said Miguel Jorge, National Geographic's ocean initiative project director, who was among those that selected Seaver as a fellow.
"Barton has a personal passion for helping people connect their meal to the broader world around them and where it came from and who helped generate that meal. How did nature play a role in that? How did fishing communities play a role in that? How do folks working in the seafood sector trying to make living play a role in that?"
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