Monday, January 28, 2008

"Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler"

From Mark Bittman's most recent article in the NYT. Scary.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Michael Pollan Fan Club

Calling all Slow Foodies!

Michael Pollan

award-winning author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma

Thursday, February 21, at 6:00pm (Brown University, Salomon Center):

"In Defense of Food: The Omnivore's Solution"

What should we eat? is a question most people for most of history have
had little trouble answering. You ate what tradition (aka your mother)
and nature dictated. Now, we have something called "nutritionism," an
ideology promoted by science, the food industry, government and the
media that has hopelessly confused the issue and done nothing for our
health, except to make it worse. Pollan traces the rise and triumph of
nutritionism and the Western Diet, before proposing an alternative
approach to eating that promises to improve both our health and the
health of the environment. A book signing will follow.

Location: Salomon Center is located on Brown University's main College
Green; accessible via the Waterman Street gates and the George Street

A campus map is available online:

For more information:

Michael Pollan:
Brown's Committee on Science and Technology Studies:


Check out the NYT article that led to the book, and the Gourmet interview.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Welcome back y'all!

Last night we had our first meeting of the semester, and my, what a turnout. Home-baked mac and cheese, orzo-veggie salad, lemonade, fish toasts, ants on a log...yum.

We talked about upcoming events/activities:
  • Spring Activities Expo, Tuesday Jan 29th from 2-6pm in Metcalf Hall
  • Expert panel discussion Thursday Feb 28th at 7:30 in KCB 101 (title tbd)
  • Tasting on March 4th or 5th in the Gastronomy demo kitchen
  • Sid Wainer field trip
  • Dinner/lunch/brunch clubs: pick a time and place, then show up!
And signed up for task forces: Publicity, Dining Services, and Group Liaisons. Email us if you'd like to get more involved in any of these areas. (Publicity will deal with making/posting flyers, event promotion, and just spreading the word in general; Dining Services will communicate with the DS reps, learn how DS works, plan DS-SFBU events/special nights/"SFBU-approved" foods, and scout the dining halls; Group Liaisons are our links to other student groups.)

If you're interested in getting even more involved, there are some internships available at Eat Well Guide and the Real Food Challenge. Plus, check out opportunities for farm apprenticeships through ATTRA and NOFA.

In other news...Next meeting: Tuesday February 5th, same place (room 109 @ 808 Comm Ave), same time (7:30 pm), same deal (bring treats).