Film Screening: The Future of Food

Film Screening: The Future of Food

Friday, January 29, 2009
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Detroit Waldorf School, RSVP

Detroit Waldorf School (DWS) will host a film screening of The Future of Food on Friday, January 29, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Future of Food, a groundbreaking documentary released in 2004, distills the complex technology and key regulatory, legal, ethical, environmental and consumer issues surrounding the troubling changes happening in the food system today—genetically engineered foods, patenting, and the corporatization of food—into terms the average person can easily understand. It empowers consumers to understand the consequences of their food choices on our future.

The evening will conclude with a panel of experts to speak on sustainable food, with an opportunity for questions and answers with the panelists. The panelists include…

Malik Kenyatta Yakini is an educator, business owner and activist who is committed to freedom and justice for humanity in general, and African people in particular. He serves as Executive Director of Nsoroma Institute Public School Academy, one of the Detroit’s leading African-centered schools. He is C.E.O. of Black Star Educational Management which owns and operates Black Star Community Bookstore and Black Star Press. In 2006 he was honored as “Administrator of the Year” by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. He is the Chairman of the Organization of African Centered Educators and Schools. Yakini is a founder and Chairman of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which operates a two acre farm in Detroit and spearheaded efforts to establish the Detroit Food Policy Council. He is a member of the Detroit Food Policy Council and the Michigan Food Policy Council. He has presented at numerous conferences and community meetings on food justice and implementing community food security practices. He was recently featured in the book “Blacks Living Green.” He is a vegan and an avid organic gardener/farmer. He views the food justice/food security movement as part of the larger struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

Gregg Newsom is a Yoga Teacher, Bodyworker, and Reiki Master who walked away from a Corporate career to share his talents and raise awareness and inspire action on the issues of Food Security, Health, and Social and Environmental Justice. Informed & inspired by Permaculture, the Transition Movement & Eastern, Western, & Indigenous explorations of Consciousness, Gregg is in active pursuit of resilient and relocalized neighborhoods where diverse, sustainable and soulful communities will thrive. In 2007, Gregg and his wife Angela co-created Detroit Evolution ( and are pleased to offer community-based yoga classes, bodywork, vegan and raw food preparation classes, catering, and community building events in and around Detroit.

Dr. Heather Annatoyn Dickson is a physician at The Center for Healthy Living and Longevity in Grosse Pointe. She practices functional and health promoting medicine for people of all ages. At The Center for Healthy Living and Longevity, Dr. Dickson’s areas of interest include bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, individualized counseling in healthy aging and issues related to core wellness. She graduated in 1979 from The University in Michigan. She completed her residency in Family Medicine in 1982 at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan and remained there as a faculty physician in their Family Medicine Residency Program until 2000. Dr. Dickson is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has completed a fellowship in Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Dickson is excited to offer her patients different ways to evaluate and treat common and uncommon medical conditions as well as counseling for nutritional and lifestyle changes to maintain health and function.

Nicole Zahn is the Farmer’s Market coordinator for The Greening of Detroit and she works with the Garden Resource Program in the maintenance and development of community gardens, literature, educational workshops and outreach. She participates in the harvesting of local produce and selling at farmers’ markets. She also conducts policy research regarding agriculture in urban areas.

The film screening is a free event, open to the public, for ages 18 and over. Light refreshments will be served before the film, the panelists will speak after the film. Prospective attendees may contact Detroit Waldorf School Outreach Director Melanie Reiser at 313-822-0300 to RSVP.

Celebrating its 43rd year, the Detroit Waldorf School is part of the international Waldorf School movement, which comprises over 900 schools in 83 countries. Located in Historic Indian Village, just three miles east of downtown Detroit, DWS is housed in a stately historic structure designed by Albert Kahn. Situated on four acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the school provides a warm and inviting environment that nurtures growth, learning, and creativity by focusing on each student’s developmental needs. DWS offers enrollment in nursery school through eighth grade. Its interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes analytical, creative, and critical thinking, as well as self-discipline, initiative, and reverence for the natural world.
The Detroit Waldorf School is located in Historic Indian Village at 2555 Burns Ave., Detroit, MI 48214. For more information, call 313-822-0300 or visit