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QUEST Google+ Hangout with Simran Sethi about “From Farm to Fork to Fuel”

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Watch the video of our Hangout, above. Thanks to our guests and the audience for a great discussion. Here's all the background info from the event:

Mark your calendars for a Google+ Hangout with Simran Sethi about From Farm to Fork To Fuel on Monday, Oct. 14, at 4:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET. Now is your chance to submit questions and comments: Use #QUESTfoodfuel and post them on our Facebook page, Google+ event, tweet to @QUESTScience or write Comments below. The event will be streamed live on Google+ and recorded on our YouTube channel for later viewing. We will also embed it here.

QUEST’s new television series launching this month is proud to feature Host, Simran Sethi, who helps viewers draw connections between science and the sustainability issues that impact our lives, our communities, and the health of our planet. To kick off the series, Simran is hosting a Google+ Hangout with experts and segment producers of From Farm to Fork to Fuel. This episode takes you on a journey to discover innovative approaches for producing and maximizing our food resources. Explore how a Milwaukee farmer feeds a growing urban population, discover strategies for reducing food waste in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and go behind the scenes at a North Carolina facility that turns cooking grease into fuel. Plus, check out gardens on wheels in Omaha, Nebraska.

From Farm to Fork To Fuel 30 second promo.

Here’s the list of Hangout participants who are taking the time to answer questions about what it takes to transform our food system:

      • Simran Sethi, Host, QUEST Television and Hangout moderator. Named “the environmental messenger” by Vanity Fair and a “top ten eco-hero of the planet” by the UK’s Guardian, Simran is the former environmental correspondent for NBC News and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show and The History Channel.
      • Lisa Landers, QUEST Managing Editor. Lisa oversees the creation of content for QUEST’s multimedia platforms including television, website, and radio. As a producer and writer, her prior work includes documentaries, museum exhibitions, and educational multimedia for National Geographic Television, Smithsonian Channel, The American Museum of Natural History, and others.
      • Dana Gunders, Staff Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Dana works on market and policy oriented initiatives to promote sustainability throughout food systems and supply chains. She leads NRDC’s work on reducing food waste and is the author of a widely distributed report “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.” She also recently co-authored a report called The Dating Game, revealing how confusing food dates lead to food waste in America. Her work on food waste has been featured by CNN, NBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many other outlets.
      • Sheraz Sadiq, Producer, QUEST Northern California. Sheraz produced the food waste segment of this television episode. Sheraz is an Emmy Award-winning producer at San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED.
      • Lyle Estill, President, Piedmont Biofuels. Lyle is the author of “Biodiesel Power: The Passion, the People, and the Politics of the Next Renewable Fuel.” He also authored “Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy,” and “Industrial Evolution; local solutions for a low carbon future.”
      • David Huppert, Producer, QUEST North Carolina. David produced the biofuel segment of this television episode. As a producer/reporter for UNC-TV, David Huppert has spent the last 6 years immersing himself in the Old North State's culture and folklore, consuming as much of state's rich legacy (and barbecue) as possible.

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As the new host of QUEST’s television series, Simran Sethi helps viewers draw connections between science and the sustainability issues that impact our lives, our communities, and the health of our planet. Simran also invites everyone to join her in conversations related to our featured stories via social media and live Google+ Hangouts. Named “the environmental messenger” by Vanity Fair and a “top ten eco-hero of the planet” by the UK’s Guardian, Simran is the former environmental correspondent for NBC News and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show and The History Channel. As a journalist, strategist and educator, she is committed to reporting on environmental issues that include voices from rural and urban communities. Simran is currently writing a book about the loss of agricultural biodiversity in our food. She has been featured on NPR affiliate radio stations and was the host of the Emmy award-winning documentary A School in the Woods. Simran holds an M.B.A. in sustainable business from the Presidio Graduate School and B.A. in sociology from Smith College.