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May Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Earthsave Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

"Many things made me become a vegetarian, among them, the higher food yield as a solution to world hunger.
- John Denver -

Hi Earthsaver,

EarthSave is a volunteer operated nonprofit group that’s helping to create a healthier, sustainable, more loving and peaceful planet by helping people shift to a whole foods, plant-based diet. Our Vegan Dinner Educational Series usually meets on the last Saturday of each month, giving people a chance to sample a wonderful variety of tasty vegan cuisine and meet like-minded people. Guests have the option of bringing a dish to share or paying for dinner.

As Earth Day approaches, we face the sobering reality, and strong likelihood of evermore dire consequences, of climate change. A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just issued a new report. See the link below.

The Earthsave Veg Dinner event set for this Saturday, April 26th, will present a helpful film about the practical aspects and shopping and kitchen basics of adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. It features author and former Texas firefighter Rip Esselstyn in “Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue”. See more below.

Plant-based diet and health coach Sharon McRae has been organizing some terrific events, including a real special “One Day Immersion”, set for May 31st, which will include several of the very best presenters on diet and health. That event is already fully booked, but you might your name added to the standby list. There is still time to register for another informative and tasty event that Sharon McRae will host at Mango Grove in Columbia. “Cooking A La Heart”, with a talk by cardiologist Dr. Monica Aggarwal, will happen in Columbia, MD, on Tuesday, April 29th. See more info below.

We’re really looking forward to the fourth annual Baltimore Vegfest, which will happen on Saturday, May 3rd, on the Catonsville campus of UMBC. Please stop by the Earthsave info and book sales table and say “hi”!

I heartily recommend that you consider attending the 40th annual Vegetarian Summerfest in Johnstown, PA, a wonderful five-day educational event that will be start on Wednesday July 2nd, and run through Sunday. See more info below.

The popular Baltimore Veg and Baltimore Vegan Meetup discussion groups now meet, respectively, in Columbia at Mango Grove restaurant, and in Pikesville at Mr. Chan. See details below.

Be well. Hope to see you soon!

Peace… Don Robertson

APRIL EARTHSAVE MEETING April 26th, 6-9 pm, vegan potluck in Owings Mills will feature a screening of "The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue with Rip Esselstyn". Former Texas firefighter and bestselling author Rip Esselstyn teaches two families the basics of a whole-food, plant-based diet. Rips's lessons include a top-to-bottom pantry clean-out, a primer on plant-based nutrition and label reading, and a guided tour of the grocery aisles. Join Rip and learn how to rescue your kitchen today! Please RSVP!

MAY EARTHSAVE MEETING May 24th, 6-9 pm, vegan potluck in Owings Mills, featuring a live presentation Holistic Nurse Psychotherapist & Nutritional Wellness Educator & Coach Cassandra Herbert, who will speak on "Nutritional Wellness - Eating for Improved Mood, Energy & Vibrancy".
Please RSVP and join us if you can!

DINNER GUESTS may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 donation; pay $12 to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, then make announcements, vote and present awards for our favorite dishes, and then introduce the presentation. Let us know in advance, if possible, if you plan to pay for dinner rather than bring a dish. RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing These monthly dinner events are usually held on the last Saturday at the Learning Center of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills. Please RSVP and join us if you can! Additional info and directions at

Join Mercy Medical Center Cardiologist, Dr. Monica Aggarwal, and certified health coach, Sharon McRae, for a food demonstration and discussion about whole-food plant-based diets and spices that enrich. 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | $40 (includes dinner) For reservations, call Mango Grove Restaurant at 410-884-3426 between 11 am – 3 pm or 5 pm – 10 pm.

MONTHLY VEG DISCUSSION GROUP MEETUPS are casual and are held in restaurants over great vegetarian food. Discussions include a variety of topics that support people in making healthier choices in diet and lifestyle.

Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup Group meets on first Sundays at 12:30 pm at the Mango Grove in Columbia, MD, which offers very tasty Indian cuisine. Their vegetarian buffet is very vegan friendly. The group welcomes all who would like to learn a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living.

Baltimore Vegan Meetup Group gathers at Mr. Chan Szechuan restaurant in Pikesville, MD, on third Wednesdays at 7 pm. Mr. Chan’s menu offers a sumptuous variety with more tasty vegan options than any other local restaurant. Meetings attract a large group of friendly, supportive people.

4th ANNUAL BALTIMORE VEGFEST will happen on Saturday, May 3rd, from 11:00 - 4:00. Baltimore VegFest is a celebration of healthy, sustainable, and compassionate eating and explores the endless benefits of vegetarian living. This FREE event will feature all kinds of vegetarian foods, live music, local veg restaurants, speakers, nutritional experts, vegan cooking demonstrations, a kids area, free prizes, gift bags and more! UMBC Vegetarians and The Humane League are thrilled to be bringing an even bigger and better event this year to UMBC Campus. Stop by the Earthsave Baltimore tent for free info, and check out our selection of books for sale. We hope to see you there!

VEGAN DRINKS hosts monthly social and dinner events in the Baltimore area that you might like to attend. See their event schedule at

40TH ANNUAL VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST is a terrific educational conference, presented by North American Vegetarian Society, on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA. Veg Summerfest features world-class speakers and facilitators and the very best educational opportunities on veg/vegan lifestyle. It gives us a chance to connect with friendly, like-minded people, and enjoy a nice variety of wonderful vegan cuisine! The event just gets better and better each year! We are expecting another record-breaking attendance of perhaps 800 or more. The hard part for most attendees is in deciding which classes to attend. There are 6-7 available presentations to select from each daylight hour. We have the option to register for full conference or just the weekend sessions. Call Earthsave at 410-252-3043 or email if you would like to carpool. Hope to see you there!

REGISTERED DIETITIAN MARK RIFKIN is a long term vegan who loves helping folks shift toward a plant-based diet, and helping vegetarians and vegans fine tune their diets for optimal nutrition. Contact Mark at, or call 410-764-8343. You might also like to attend the educational Meetup events that Mark leads. See

INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE issued a stern new report on the existing effects of climate change, and issued dire predictions of major disruptions including food shortages which are likely to occur unless we take serious action now.

THE UNITED NATIONS has been telling us since 2006 that one of the most effective steps we can take to reduce the production of climate changing greenhouse gases is to cutback or eliminate the consumption of meat. “Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems. Urgent action is needed to remedy the situation.” That's from the 2006 UN report "Livestock's Long Shadow". The report says livestock produce more climate changing greenhouse gases than all combined forms of transportation. Our meat habit is also a driving force behind air and water pollution, soil erosion, deforestation, and fresh water scarcity.

Animal agriculture is a terribly inefficient & destructive way to produce food. Meat production is inescapably wasteful because most of the calories animals consume are simply burned off for body heat and can never be recovered. Animal products return to us only a small fraction of the calories in the feed grains that we start with, and an even smaller fraction of the nutrients. Our existing farmlands could feed at least five times as many people if we grew only crops for human consumption. Our meat habit supports an industry that diverts and wastes valuable resources that could be used to alleviate hunger.

Did you know that "just moving away from meat for one day a week is more effective [in terms of energy efficiency and environmental health] than buying everything you eat locally." - Harvard Business Review

"We will find we can no longer subsidize or ignore the costs of mass-producing cattle, poultry, pigs, sheep, and fish to feed our growing population. These costs include hugely inefficient use of fresh water and land, heavy pollution from livestock feces, rising rates of heart disease and other degenerative illnesses and spreading destruction of our forests on which much of the planet's life depends." - Time Magazine - 11/8/99

FREECYCLE.COM provides a real helpful service that finds new homes for our serviceable but currently unused items. Freecycle will list any items we have to give away, which of course will help slow the growth of landfills. We may also create “Wanted” listings for any items we might like to have. Those who would like to have our discarded item will contact us by email and tell us when they will be able to pick it up. Most Freecyclers will then leave the item on their porch for pickup. Our experience with this service has been very favorable. Here’s a link to a local Freecycle listing

Did you know that "poultry has the highest connection to cancer"... and that "every 50 grams of chicken consumed can triple the risk rate for some kinds of cancer, especially fast-growing cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia."... That's one of the startling revelations in this fascinating presentation by physician and nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD.

Did you know that one of the world's foremost authorities on the evolution of the human diet, anthropologist Dr. Richard Leakey, has pointed out that the human body is poorly adapted to eating meat. He regards modern man, our ancient ancestors, and our closest living primate relatives all essentially as herbivores.

Did you know that surgery to remove gallstones is the most frequent operation that Americans face... Gallstones consist mainly of cholesterol, and since foods from plant sources don't contain cholesterol, it shouldn't surprise us to learn that vegetarians are nine times less likely to develop gallstones than those who regularly consume animal products.


Dog and Fish kiss, swim, and play together...

Philip Wollen - This eloquent ten minute speech by Australian businessman Philip Wollen, former VP of Citibank, was the highlight of the evening in a debate on "Getting Animals Off the Menu". There was a live audience of several hundred, 73% of whom agreed that Wollen's team had made the stronger case.

• David Simon's book "Meatonomics" is a great resource for those who wish to stop allowing powerful industries to make our food choices for us. Learn more at

4th Annual Clothing Boutique Sale to Benefit The Light of Truth Center a residential recovery center for women, will begin on May 2nd and run for a week at the Home of Don and Ginny Robertson, 517 Talbott Ave. in the Lutherville/Timonium area. You'll find tons of new and gently used women's clothing and accessories like Shoes, Handbags, Jewelry, Scarves, etc. Many Designer Pieces, and all sizes! Most items are $10 and under, with lots of super low priced clothing bargains! Hours of Sale: Friday, May 2nd - 12:00 - 7:00 pm Saturday, May 3rd - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Sunday, May 4th - 12:00 - 5:00 pm. The sale continues Monday-Thursday, May 5th - 8th from 2:00 - 7:00 pm each day. Everything is 50% off on those days. Clothing donations are being accepted. Contact for more info. See you at the Sale!!


EARTHSAVE BALTIMORE FACEBOOK GROUP is a great place to connect with like-minded Baltimore area people for recipes, discussion, and support on plant-based eating. And it’s also a great place to hear and share success stories and event information. Members are invited to share info on some closely related topics such as personal and environmental health, personal growth, and social justice. We have 1600 members and are adding new ones each day. Join us!

EARTH FRIENDLY FOOD CHOICES FACEBOOK GROUP is a very active group that we host with over 7000 members from all across the globe. The group’s mission is to educate and support people in shifting toward a healthier, compassionate, earth friendly diet and lifestyle. We ask that all posts be in some way related to food or diet and lifestyle change. Please join us!

PLEASE BRING EMPTY INKJET & TONER CARTRIDGES to Earthsave and Meetup events for recycling. Our nonprofit group receives is compensated for every cartridge we recycle. Thank you so much!

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIPS help us continue our important educational mission. Members receive a free 12-issue subscription to Vegetarian Times magazine. There are other benefits as well, including reduced attendance fees at our monthly dinner series. New members also get a free half-hour consultation with Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. Join Earthsave online at Or if you prefer, send a check made out to Don Robertson to 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093. Then Don will go online and sign you up, and you’ll be receive confirmation from our home office by email.

Natural Diet of Humans - A Comparative Anatomy of Eating

The Comparative Anatomy of Eating, by Milton R. Mills, M.D., was originally published on 11/21/09 by

Humans are most often described as "omnivores." This classification is based on the "observation" that humans generally eat a wide variety of plant and animal foods. However, culture, custom and training are confounding variables when looking at human dietary practices. Thus, "observation" is not the best technique to use when trying to identify the most "natural" diet for humans. While most humans are clearly "behavioral" omnivores, the question still remains as to whether humans are anatomically suited for a diet that includes animal as well as plant foods.

A better and more objective technique is to look at human anatomy and physiology. Mammals are anatomically and physiologically adapted to procure and consume particular kinds of diets. (It is common practice when examining fossils of extinct mammals to examine anatomical features to deduce the animal's probable diet.) Therefore, we can look at mammalian carnivores, herbivores (plant-eaters) and omnivores to see which anatomical and physiological features are associated with each kind of diet. Then we can look at human anatomy and physiology to see in which group we belong.

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