Meeting Reminder – Hope You Can Make It!

But that’s the challenge — to change the system more than it changes you.” ― Michael Pollan, in The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.

We can’t wait to see all of you at Tachair Bookshoppe this Tuesday, October 22nd (6:30 to 8:00 p.m.) to discuss The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.

Interested in your local food system, health, and some of the food issues raised by Pollan in his book? Don’t have time to read it? Join us anyway for what should be great discussion. Latecomers always welcome.

And as always, coffee/tea and baked goods from Cocoa Bakery (an amazing JC Bakery) will be available for purchase at Tachair.


Ted Talk: Michael Pollan ” A Plant’s-eye View”

To get you excited (or at least thinking) about our October book read, here’s an oldie, but goodie Ted Talk Michael Pollan did back in 2007:

Michael PollanSynopsis from the website:

“What if human consciousness isn’t the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn’s clever strategy game to rule the Earth? Author Michael Pollan asks us to see the world from a plant’s-eye view.

Michael Pollan is the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, in which he explains how our food not only affects our health but has far-reaching political, economic, and environmental implications. His new book is In Defense of Food.”

To watch the video, click here.

March Against Monsanto – World Food Day 2013

In light of our last book club read, we thought we’d pass along some information our friends at Food and Water Watch NJ shared with us on the upcoming March Against Monsanto.

Join Us in Princeton to Speak Up For Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods!

October 12, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.

Whole Earth Center: 360 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ

check out more info on their facebook page, by clicking here.

Interested in attending, but don’t know how to get there? Let us know and maybe we can arrange carpooling.

2014 – The International Year of Family Farming

imagesDid you know that the UN General Assembly named 2014 the International Year of Family Farming?

According to International Year of Family Farming Campaign’s website, it “aims to become a tool to stimulate active policies for sustainable development of agricultural systems based farmer families, communal units, indigenous groups, cooperatives and fishing families. All this work is being made from the perspective of effectively combating poverty and hunger and the search for a rural development based on the respect for environment and biodiversity.”

Learn more on by clicking here.

Chipotle’s “The Scarecrow” Ad

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 10.51.16 PMHave you seen the new haunting Chipotle ad attacking industrial agriculture? What do you think? Simply a smart corporate move or admirable stance for a company who McDonald’s once had a majority stake in? Do you buy it–or more importantly for Chipotle’s marketing team–will you buy Chipotle?

Click here to see it, along with a behind the scenes on its making, as featured in Treehugger article, “Chipotle’s ‘The Scarecrow’ ad is brilliant critique of Big Ag and factory farms.”

Columbia Business School’s 2013 Social Enterprise Conference

In case anyone is interested, Columbia Business School’s 2013 Social Enterprise Conference came on our radar screens (thanks Karen!) and we thought to pass it along to you in case of interest, since there is a panel involving food.

Food Systems: Shake the Hand that Feeds You

Come hear 4 food-entreprenuers give small talks on their big ideas for solving the global food crisis.  In our world of 7 billion, 1 billion suffer from undernutrition, while another 1 billion suffer from over-nutrition.  Although the world’s farmers harvest enough to feed the planet, twenty-five percent of our global food supply is lost to spoilage.  In addition, society has a growing concern about the environmental and social consequences of where our food comes from and how it gets to our plates.  Each world-class speaker will have 10 minutes to share their groundbreaking story and offer sustainable business solutions to the global food crisis.

Facilitator: Arianne Field ’14


For more information, click here. (fyi: The entrance fee is kind of steep, to say the least!)

NPR Segment: “Dinner: An Author Considers the Source”

What exactly is Michael Pollan talking about when refers to “the Omnivore’s Dilemma” in his book?  Find out in this interesting segment from NPR, which came out back when it was published.

NPR Screen ShotSynopsis from the website:

“Journalist Michael Pollan’s new book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, follows industrial food, organic food, and food that consumers procure or hunt for themselves, from the source to the dinner plate. It also examines the importance of corn in all of our food products. Pollan is a professor of science and environmental journalism at University of California at Berkeley. His previous books include The Botany of Desire and A Place of My Own.”

Click here to access the podcast.

Mark Bittman Article – “Going Vegan, If Only for One Day”

For our very first book club read we Mark Bittman’s Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating (and if you haven’t read it, I really recommend it!)

Screen Shot 2013-09-21 at 2.46.42 PMWell in this NYTimes article from last week, Bittman talks about “Going Vegan, If Only for One Day”. He, of course, created a diet that works for him, “Vegan Before 6“, and that doesn’t work for everyone, but his recipes at least sound interesting anyway!

Click here to read the article.

Come Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.

200px-OmnivoresDilemma_fullCome join us at Tachair Bookshoppe (260 Newark Ave, Jersey City) on Tuesday, October 22, as we discuss, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan.

Named one of the top ten books of 2006 by the New York Times and winner of a James Beard Award.

Interested in your local food system, health, and some of the food issues raised by Pollan in his book? Don’t have time to read it? Join us anyway for what should be great discussion. Latecomers always welcome.

Feel free to register on our facebook event page, by clicking here. Questions? Email us at

Need a copy of the book? Drop by or contact Tachair (862-234-0822 or to support a local business!

Learn more about this meeting by clicking here. 

GMO Resources & The World According to Monsanto Documentary Link

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 10.41.01 PMMany thanks to Tachair for hosting tonight’s meeting of Eat Local, Read Local!

….and thanks to Matt from Food and Water Watch NJ for sharing some great information on their efforts to get labeling for genetically engineered food (and ban fracking) at both the state and federal levels! They have a lot of great resources on food issues ranging from country of origin labeling to factory farming to food safety on their website. To learn more about genetically engineered foods, click here. Did you know that 90% are owned by Monsanto? Food and Water Watch also has a great company  profile on them, the “cheat sheet” for those who haven’t read tonight’s book, which you can access by clicking here.

Interested in learning how you can get involved or show your support to make GE labels the law, click here.

If you don’t have time to finish, The World According to Monsanto, did I mention it was made into a documentary? Click here to watch it in its entirety on youtube.