Branch Meeting November 15

Panelists, left to right, are Dr. Christopher Johnson, Hope Warsaw, Edourd Sooh, James Bourne, with DeJuana Jones on the far right.

On November 15, at the Heritage Presbyterian Church, approximately 45 people attended our branch presentation of the documentary Food Inc. Most stayed for the panel discussion afterwards.

It was a fabulous meeting! There were 45 members and guests present. We received front page write-up in the Mt. Vernon Gazette!  A big thank you goes to DeJuana Jones who planned the meeting and invited the panelists.

In the film, documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner uses reports by Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and The Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan as a springboard to exploring where the food we purchase at the grocery store really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations.

On our panel was made up of Christopher Johnson, naturopathic doctor; Hope Warshaw, dietician and diabetes consultant; Edouard E. Sooh, food supplement representative; and James Bourne, organic farmer.  The panelists described their specialty and commented briefly on the film, then answered audience questions.

This program was a follow-up to the field trip to Arcadia Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Woodlawn Plantation in October, arranged by Joanne Clark.

Five branch members participated in Dining Out on November 12, and continued the theme of healthy eating by dining at Del Ray Café.  Del Ray Café is a French café serving local, natural and organic foods.  Lunch was delicious and everyone agreed we would have to return. Thanks to Elizabeth Lonoff who planned the outing.