As TEDxManhattan approaches, we’ve asked this year’s speakers to answer a few questions so we can learn more about them and what they’ll be speaking about. In the first of this series of Speaker Profiles, we hear from Simran Sethi, an award-winning journalist, strategist and educator.
1) What’s the topic you’ll be speaking about?
Buried Treasures: Preserving the Foundations of Our Food System
2) Why do you feel this is important?
Seeds are the buried foundation of our food system. While seed banks are important, we need to conserve seeds in ways that also respond to climate and cultural change. I’ll be discussing what those efforts look–and taste–like.
3) Are there other projects you’re also passionate about right now?
I am doing research in Istanbul and Havana on creating appetites for under-utilized crops as a method of seed and cultural preservation.
4) Which other TEDxManhattan speakers are you excited about hearing?
I have done a lot of work on the moral implications of GMOs and the intersection of food and faith. I am excited to hear Fred Bahnson’s insights on these topics.
Which talks from previous years did you particularly enjoy?
5) Where can more information about your project be found?
My site www.seed-stories.com is in the works and will be launched early next year.
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, Simran Sethi is an award-winning journalist, strategist and educator. She is the founder and curator of the website Metamorphose, an interdisciplinary exploration of the personal and cultural dimensions of transformation. Simran 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 Huffington Post, Metropolis Magazine, Oprah.com and the Guggenheim Museum. Simran is the former environmental correspondent for NBC News and was a featured guest on NPR and programs including “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Today Show.”