Iowa Campus
March 17, 2016
Sara Maples and Stephanie Peters

Simran Sethi, one of the world’s most inspiring environmental messengers, will lead a panel discussing the pork supply chain including marketability, sustainability, and changing the food system. The panel discussion,"Hog Farming, Sustainability, and a Tale of Delicious Bacon," will take place on Wednesday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m. in W10 Pappajohn Business Building. 

A reception will follow the panel discussion in the West Galleria of PBB. The event, sponsored by the Tippie College of Business, School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Office of Sustainability, is free and open to the public.

"It is our sustainability vision at Tippie that future graduates will consider people and the planet alongside profits in every business decision. Making such “triple bottom line” decisions is very complicated, and requires highly knowledgeable decision makers," said Professor Sara Rynes, Tippie-Rollins Chair in Excellence and Chair of the Tippie Sustainability Committee. "Simran and her panelists are extremely well qualified to explain the environmental dangers of conventional pork production and to present an alternative model with proven success."

Simran Sethi's visit to the University of Iowa is in collaboration with "Just Living," a themed semester focused on providing educational opportunities to elevate knowledge in environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

Simran Sethi will appear on Iowa Public Radio on Monday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m. Sethi will be reading from her book “Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love” along with a chocolate tasting at Prairie Lights Books & Cafe at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. Sethi will also hold a discussion, "Telling Stories of Science," followed by a chocolate tasting at the Dey House at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in collaboration with the Writer's Workshop. 

Expert Panel

The panel discussion will include Paul Willis, a hog farmer and CEO of the Niman Ranch Pork Company. Willis developed a network of farmers that clean-raise livestock to provide an alternative to industrial pork.

David Osterberg, a Clinical Professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, will also be featured. Osterberg specializes in research translation and community engagement. His research has been published in the American Journal of Public Health and Environmental Health Perspectives that discusses addressing impacts of swine production to reduce public health and environmental impacts. He is the former director of the Iowa Policy Project, a non-profit organization, where he also writes about swine production. 

Panelist Josh Grace, the Meat Department Manager at Lucky’s Market in Iowa City has been in the meat industry for ten years. He previously worked with New Pioneer Co-op, where he coordinated the meat and seafood program at all three stores, sourcing and pricing all products.

About Simran Sethi

Sethi is a journalist and educator focused on food, sustainability, and social change. Named the environmental “messenger” by Vanity Fair, a top 10 eco-hero of the planet by the U.K.’s Independent, and designated one of the top eight women saving the planet by Marie Claire. She has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Ellen DeGeneres show, and the Martha Stewart Show.

Sethi was the environmental correspondent for NBC News and is the recent host of PBS QUEST series on science and 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 and the author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, about the story of changes in food and agriculture told through bread, wine, chocolate, coffee and beer.

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