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April/May Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver,

Our Baltimore chapter of Earthsave welcomes all who are interested in learning and promoting a healthier, sustainable, and more peaceful way of eating and living. Here's info about just a few of the great local events that are approaching. For a detailed list of events, see

We have some terrific dinner presentations in Towson that may interest you, including a talk by On Purpose Networking for Women founder Ginny Presley Robertson, and one by Baltimore based cardiologist Monica Aggarwal, MD. Good stuff!

Please join us at the 5th Annual Baltimore VegFest at UMBC, which will happen on May 9th. And those who are thinking about going vegan are encouraged to attend the Eat Well Stay Well "One Day Immersion" at Mercy Medical Center, in Baltimore. Check out the outstanding lineup of speakers! That will happen on May 16th.

You might also 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.

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

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

April 25th, 6-8 pm, vegan potluck, in Towson, with live presentation "We're the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For". The founder and director of On Purpose Networking for Women, and publisher of On Purpose Woman magazine, Ginny Presley Robertson has helped hundreds of women entrepreneurs develop their leadership and interpersonal and communication skills. Ginny will help us move forward and step into our full potential as leaders and examples to others. Please RSVP & join us!

May 30th, 6-8 pm, vegan potluck in Towson: “Food as Medicine” Cardiologist and athlete Monica Aggarwal, MD, learned, firsthand, of the therapeutic value of a whole foods, plant-based diet after suffering through painful and debilitating chronic illness. Dr. Aggarwal will talk about the human microbiome and the powerful preventative and healing effects of a plant-based diet with regard to heart disease and other forms of chronic illness. Please RSVP and join us!

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, then make announcements, vote and present awards for our favorite dishes, and then show 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. DIRECTIONS and PARKING: Please RSVP and join us!

DISCUSSION & SUPPORT GROUPS ON FACEBOOK: 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 Vegan Living Program will take place March 28th - May 2nd, 2015! The Vegan Living Program (VLP) is a series of educational events that cover the hows and whys of vegan living, including the ethical and environmental implications of vegan lifestyles, nutrition, cooking, meal planning, and living vegan in a not-yet-vegan world. Students pledge to live vegan for the 5-week program, with the help of volunteer Vegan Coaches. Both vegan pledges and coaches are required to register. Additional coaches are needed, and must have at least one year experience as a vegan. The VLP educational sessions will be held at Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School, 121 McMechen St, Baltimore, MD 21217.

The 5th Annual Baltimore VegFest will take place on Saturday, May 9th from 11:00am - 4:00pm, at Erickson Field on UMBC College Campus Baltimore, Maryland. Event will feature lots of speakers, cooking demos, vendors, nonprofits, and tons of VEGAN FOOD!

July 8-12 - Vegetarian Summerfest is a terrific annual educational conference, presented by North American Vegetarian Society, on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. 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 hard part for most attendees is in deciding which classes to attend. There are 6-7 available presentations from which to select each daylight hour. 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!

Baltimore Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition is a monthy 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

Columbia MD Forks Over Knives Meetup group presents vegan potlucks hosted by nutrition educator Sharon McRae. Meetings are held at Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department, 5000 Signal Bell Ln, Clarksville, 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

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.

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.

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