Simran Sethi is a journalist, strategist and educator committed to an expansion of social and environmental engagement that includes voices from rural and urban communities. Sethi is currently an associate at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne in Australia, where she is conducting research on the loss of agricultural biodiversity in our food system. She is also the University’s 2013 - 2014 William Gamble Fellow and the Queen’s College Sugden Fellow. Sethi recently served as the Kelly Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at St. Catherine University, the largest women’s college in the United States.
Named one of the top ten “eco-heroes” of the planet by the UK’s Independent, and lauded as the “environmental messenger” by Vanity Fair and an “environmental woman of impact” by Variety, Sethi has contributed numerous segments to CNBC, PBS, MSNBC and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has been featured on ABC radio and television in Australia, Vatican Radio in Italy and NPR in the United States. Sethi was the national environmental correspondent for NBC News, the anchor/writer of Sundance Channel’s first dedicated environmental programming and the host of the EMMY award-winning PBS documentary A School in the Woods. She is currently the host/digital contributor to the PBS series QUEST: The Science of Sustainability. Sethi is the contributing author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, winner of the bronze 2008 Axiom Award for Best Business Ethics Book. She has written about sustainability for The Huffington Post, Metropolis Magazine, Mother Earth News, Oprah.com and the Guggenheim Museum.
Sethi has served, since 2008, as an associate fellow at the Asia Society. She was also a fellow in the Poynter Institute’s Sense-Making project, a Ford Foundation-funded program studying the integration of new media and democratic values. Sethi holds an M.B.A. in sustainable business from the Presidio Graduate School and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in sociology and women’s studies from Smith College. She is the 2009 recipient of the Smith College Medal, awarded to alumnae demonstrating extraordinary professional achievements and outstanding service to their communities, the 2010 recipient of the American College Personnel Association Champion of Sustainability award for leadership on sustainability in academe, and the 2011 winner of the National Education Association Mobile Project Award.
BREAD, WINE, CHOCOLATE: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, by Simran Sethi reveals what we are losing, how we are losing it, and the inspiring individuals and organizations working to rescue the foods we revere and crave.