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Sept/Oct Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hey Earthsaver!

Good news here! Earthsave welcomes all who are interested in learning a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living. Lots of great stuff coming up! Earthave events are now scheduled through the end of this year and posted on our website at For a more comprehensive listing of localveg/vegan related events list, see

Last minute reminder! We hope to see you this Saturday, Sept. 19th, at the 2nd Annual Baltimore Vegan Soulfest. The premiere event, held last September, was a big success, so this year's event will be at a larger venue, at Baltimore City Community College. Please stop by the Earthsave Baltimore info and sales table, located inside. More info below.

Earthsave's next veg potluck event will happen on Saturday, September 26th, 6 pm, at Towson Presbyterian Church in Towson, MD. It's a special Bingo event with great prizes and all the proceeds going to support the good work of the Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary, in Ellicott City. More info below. Join us if you can!

And make sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday night, December 9th, when we will host a special speaking event, in Towson, featuring the wonderful and witty nutrition researcher Dr. Michael Greger, who is a big Earthsave Baltimore favorite. More info below.

Local hero, and our favorite vegan registered dietitian, Mark Rifkin, is doing excellent work hosting the Facebook group "Ask a Vegan Dietitian". He gives lots of helpful answers, without charge, to folks looking to transition to a veg/vegan lifestyle, or to anyone who wants to move toward a healthier and more compassionate way of eating. Mark also has a low cost subscription plan for those would would like unlimited access to nutritional expertise via email. For more, see

Another nutrition educator who is doing wonderful work helping people learn a healthier way of eating is health and nutrition coach Sharon McRae, who is also an excellent veg/vegan cooking instructor. Sharon hosts a very popular monthly vegan potluck dinner series, in Columbia, called Forks Over Knives Potlucks, which you can find on Facebook. And her webpage is Sharon is also a certified instructor for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and will soon be leading a class series on nutrition and cancer, and a Food for Life 21-Day Kickstart series as well.

There are numerous other opportunities to get together with like-minded people over some great veg/vegan food. One such events - Meatless Mondays at Mango Grove Buffet and Benefit are held monthly at the Mango Grove restaurant in Columbia, MD. If you love tasty Indian cuisine, you will want to check out this event. The buffet usually goes from 6-9 pm, and event benefits the Humane League of Baltimore, a nonprofit that is doing great work to help farmed animals. More below.

You might consider joining one or more of the Facebook support groups listed below. I host two of the groups, and especially enjoy participating in the global group Earth Friendly Food Choices, which is real active and welcoming. And the Earthsave Baltimore Facebook group is a great place to stay apprised of local events and connect with great, local, like-minded people. We hope that you will join us.

Hope that you will also consider supporting our group by becoming a dues paying member. See the details and benefits near the bottom of this newsletter. There's lots more helpful info below.

Hope to see or hear from you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson

September 19th from 12:00pm - 6:00pm, 2nd Annual Vegan SoulFest in Baltimore is a free event which last year attracted more 2000 people and was a big success. The event will move to a larger venue this year, and will feature delicious vegan food, wonderful speakers and nutrition experts (including Dr. Milton Mills and Dr. Ruby Lathon), vegan cooking demonstrations, raffles, contests, a kids area, live entertainment, free prizes, special invited guests and much more! It will happen on Saturday, September 19th at Baltimore City Community College, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. Please stop by the Earthsave Baltimore table for free info, and check out our selection of veg/vegan related books and T-shirts for sale. Hope to see you there! See Facebook event page

Earthsave's Veg Dinner Educational Series meets monthly in Towson, usually on the last Saturday of each month, from 6-8 pm, giving people a chance to sample a wonderful variety of tasty vegan cuisine and meet lots of friendly, like-minded people. (We ask everyone to RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing

Sept. 26th, 6-8 pm, EARTHSAVE SPECIAL BENEFIT POTLUCK EVENT (please see details) vegan potluck, in Towson, and Bingo for Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary, Event proceeds will support the rescued farmed animals at this wonderful sanctuary in Ellicott City, Maryland. Event to be held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD. Registration: We ask all attendees to RSVP by email at, or phone at 410-252-3043. Suggested donation for Earthsave members and guests who attend without bringing a vegan potluck dish is $20.00 (Advance Registration and Payment Required). donation for Earthsave members and guests who bring a vegan potluck dish to share is $10.00 (Payable at the door). Advance payment may be made by sending check or money order payable to Don Robertson, at 517 Talbott Ave. Lutherville, MD, 21093, or through Paypal payment to

Oct. 24th, 6-8 pm, EARTHSAVE POTLUCK in Towson: Don Robertson, founder and director of the Baltimore chapter of Earthsave, presents “A Menu of Love: the Veg/Vegan Lifestyle”. Don will talk about the wide ranging impact our food choice have on the environment, our health, farmed animals, and all life on Earth. And Don will share his personal results regarding this powerful philosophical and lifestyle change.

Nov. 21st, 6-8 pm, EARTHSAVE POTLUCK in Towson: Annual "Pre-Thanksgiving Meet & Greet Vegan Potluck" in Towson, will give folks a chance to share some success stories and get to know each other better. Will also feature cooking awards and entertainment, as well.

Potluck Dinners held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave, Towson. Guests may bring a vegan dish to serve 8, plus $5 donation (members $2). Fee is $15 for those who attend without bringing food. Please RSVP 410-252-3043, and let us know if you’re bringing food.

DINNER GUESTS may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 (members pay just $2) donation; pay $15 (members pay just $12) to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, make announcements, and then comes 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 Meetings held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD, 21204. Please RSVP and join us!

FACEBOOK DISCUSSION & SUPPORT GROUPS: Connect with like-minded local people for discussion and support on diet and lifestyle or veg/vegan/animal advocacy by joining Earthsave Baltimore group at We also host a very popular and active global Facebook group called Earth Friendly Food Choices. Group now has over 12,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at


Baltimore Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition is a monthly Meetup group that is hosted by Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. Mark announces the topic of discussion for each meeting. Learn more by going to

Ask A Vegan Dietitian! is the only vegan/plant-based group organized and led by a Registered Dietitian. Here you can ask nutrition questions and get solid answers from an RD with years of experience in the vegan lifestyle and at reading and interpreting research, Baltimore's own Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN. Join Mark's great group by going to

Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup Group welcomes all those who would like to talk and learn more about any aspect of the veg lifestyle. The 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.

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

Meatless Mondays at Mango Grove Buffet and Benefit are held monthly at the Mango Grove restaurant in Columbia, MD. If you love tasty Indian vegan cuisine, you will want to check out this event. The buffet is all vegan and usually goes from 6-9 pm, and the events benefit the Humane League of Baltimore, a nonprofit that is doing wonderful work to help farmed animals. For information, contact Kate St. John at

Nutrition As Medicine veg/vegan potluck meets twice monthly at Park Heights Community Health Alliance at 4151 Park Heights Ave, and is hosted by Joseph Adams, MD.

Veganism Support Group Meetup schedules a variety of lectures and dinner events, including a monthly vegan potluck that's held on Friday evenings at Govens Presbyterian Church, on 5828 York Rd, in Baltimore, 21212. Learn more at

Columbia MD Forks Over Knives Meetup group presents vegan potlucks hosted by nutrition educator Sharon McRae. Meetings are held at Orthodox Church of St Matthew, 7271 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia, MD.

LEAFLETING OUTREACH efforts are regularly organized by our friend Chris Dietrich, whose approach is very positive, courteous, and respectful. Chris distributes Earthsave Baltimore literature, which we are happy to provide. Chris would love to hear from you if you might like to join him, Vladimir, and others to help make an important difference for personal and planetary health and for animals. You can reach Chris at or by calling 443-261-9679. And we will be happy to provide you with Earthsave leaflets. Just give Don Robertson a call at 410-252-3043.

VIDEO - "A Life Connected" is a terrific, upbeat 12-minute video that explains the vegan lifestyle and philosophy. Excellent for both children and adults!

VIDEO - "Earthlings" is a 60 minute presentation, a sobering documentary about the most common ways that animals suffer at the hands of man. It's very well done, though not easy to watch.

FULL CALENDAR of EVENTS is available at, where you will find many other local events and resources that promote healthier eating and support people in adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.

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

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIPS help us continue our important educational mission. Members receive a number of benefits, including reduced attendance fees at our monthly dinner series, and the opportunity to make announcements and display literature on our information table at potluck dinners. New members also get a free half-hour consultation with Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. Join Earthsave online at Or you may send a check, made out to Don Robertson, to 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093. Don will sign you up online and you’ll receive confirmation from our home office by email. If you join Earthsave online, please send an email with your name and address to, so Don can send you a membership card.

FOR MONTHLY EMAIL REMINDER of local events and free subscription to Earthsave's monthly email Newsletter, go to

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.

See full article at

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