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March/April News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hey Earthsaver!

Hope that all is well. We have lots of great events and wonderful stuff to tell you about!

Our members and guests really enjoyed last month's presentation in Towson by Dr. David Madow, who shared his dental expertise and encouragement. Dr. Dave has just begun hosting a series of veg/vegan related restaurant gatherings with open-mic entertainment. He invites you to share a story, a song, or an inspiration, if you'd like to give it a try. The first event, on March 18th, was a wonderful success with a packed house - a vegan buffet and open mic at Taj Palace in Owings Mills, MD. The next event, scheduled for May 6th, will be held in the main room of the restaurant. See more info below.

Eathsave Baltimore's next veg dinner event in Towson, on March 25th, will feature a presentation and song by Rev. George Mummert, who taught college courses in philosophy and religion for thirty years before recently retiring. His talk is titled "The Very Veggie Yeshua (Jesus)". See details below.

If you plan to attend this Towson potluck event, please note that Earthsave will be accepting donations of lightly used and new women's clothing and accessories, which will be included in the annual clothing boutique sale that Ginny Robertson and I have in our Lutherville, MD, home each year to benefit the Light of Truth Center, a nonprofit residential recovery program for women. The sale will start on Friday May 5th and run through Saturday, the 13th, with clothing racks and displays in nearly every room or our home. It's a nice opportunity for women to find some clothing bargains, meet other cool women, and support a worthy cause.

You might like to take advantage of an educational opportunity that's coming up soon! "The Vegan Living Program" runs for six weeks, and provides great information, field trips, and a mentor/coach to those who pledge to go vegan for the full six weeks. See more info below. And if you've been vegan for a year or more, you might like to consider acting as a coach in the program.

Our friend Sharon McRae is a health, nutrition, and cooking coach and instructor who organizes the Forks Over Knives plant-based potlucks in Columbia, MD. The events have been a big success, with the most last several events attracting record turnouts, with more than 100 attendees each. The next potluck will happen on Sunday, April 9th at 4:30. See more info below.

Sharon McRae will also be hosting the Baltimore area film premier of "What the Health" in Columbia. "What the Health" is an investigative documentary by the film makers who produced the outstanding film "Cowspiracy". Hope you will join us at the theater in Columbia! Details below...

We are really looking forward to the 4th Annual Vegan Soulfest, a free event, at the Community College of Baltimore County on August 26th. Last year's event was a huge success with about 5000 attendees and a wonderful variety of speakers, exhibitors, and food venders. See more info below.

Ginny Robertson and I also host a house concert series that has been lots of fun. And the music has been outstanding. See more below.

One last thing - you might like to join me on Facebook. I enjoy connecting with others on the Facebook format and and sharing humorous, inspirational, and educational posters, and the veg, vegan, and peace related acronyms I've created, such as PEACE is... Palates Excited About Cultivated Entrees, and VEGAN is... Violence Ending. Great Awakening Now! You will find me on Facebook by searching for Earthsaverdon. And you can find much of my artwork in my photo albums "Earth Friendly Food Choices", "Peaceful Planet", and "Inspirations".

Hope to see or hear from you soon!


Don Robertson

Earthsave's Veg Dinner Educational Series usually meets in Towson on the last Saturday of the month, 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 And there's info below on two helpful support groups on Facebook.

Saturday, March 25th, 6-8 pm, Veg/Vegan Potluck and The Very Veggie Yeshua (Jesus), a presentation by Rev. George Mummert in Towson. We know that the Bible presents Jesus as eating meat and being supportive of the Temple sacrifices. But a growing number of writers are making the case that the historical Yeshua was a member and lived according to the Nazoraean Essene Way, which included eating a vegetarian diet and being against the Temple sacrifices. Join the discussion and in singing the song, "Jesus had a little lamb."

Rev. George Mummert taught philosophy and religion college courses for thirty years and pastored several small churches in Missouri before retiring in 2015. He is now writing books with a vegan voice on behalf of our fellow Earthlings. Rev. Mummert, whose spiritual name is "geoagape", is now writing short spiritual stories and books with a "vegan voice." His new book is called "Spirit Speaks: Four Spiritual Stories". Yo umight like to nvite your Facebook friends

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, 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!

NEXT MONTH - APRIL 29th - EARTHSAVE DINNER IN TOWSON will feature a vegan potluck and the presentation "Finding Wellness", by medical professionals Dr. David Neubauer and Lauren Bateman, RN, who will discuss strategies to optimize wellness. And they will show us the supporting scientific evidence. Both are strong advocates of a whole foods, plant-based diet. Hope you will join us!


FILM PREMIERE - "What the Health" is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The new film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. "What The Health" is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it. The Baltimore area premiere, one night only, will happen at the AMC Columbia 14 on Wednesday night, April 19, at 6:30 PM. Registration is required. Join us if you can!

SOMETHING NEW: Vegan Indian Buffet and Open Mic is a new series of events that Dr. David Madow is organizing. Dr. Dave writes: "You can do a little talk, tell a story, sing a song, tell a joke, do standup comedy, or anything that your imagination will allow! You don't have to participate in the open mic. You can just enjoy watching! All welcome, vegans, vegetarians, veg curious, or omnivores! Please note that all food will be vegan at this event! This is guaranteed to be a FUN evening! It's the ONLY event of it's kind. We have a private room and seating will be limited. The first Vegan Open Mic , Saturday March 18th at Taj Palace in Owings Mills, was a wonderful success, with a packed house, great vegan food, and a nice variety of speakers and entertainment. There was only seating for forty that night, but the next event, May 6th at the Taj Palace, will be held in the larger of the two rooms, with a greatly expanded seating capacity. Join the mailing list for more info and updates.


FORKS OVER KNIVES PLANT-BASED POTLUCK - COLUMBIA, MD: Our friend Sharon McRae is a health, nutrition, and cooking instructor and coach who organizes the Forks Over Knives plant-based potlucks in Columbia, MD. The events have been a big success, with the most recent potluck attracting a record turnout of 115, who enjoyed some great food and conversation. The group is designed to help people adopt a plant based (vegan) diet with no to minimal oil, salt, or refined sugar. Events are held at the Triadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Clarksville, near Columbia, MD. The next potluck will be hold on Sunday, March 5th , from 4:30 - 7:30. RSVP at

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 14,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at

"No Meat Athlete - Baltimore" is a Facebook discussion and support group that organizes group runs and other activities. The group now has more than 400 members, and recently set a new attendance record, with 33 runners participating in a Hampden neighborhood run, which was followed by brunch at the Harmony Bakery, on chestnut Street.

MUSIC: Don and Ginny Robertson love music and are regularly scheduling concerts at their Lutherville home. Guests will enjoy hearing some great music and meet like-minded people. Ginny and Don provide tasty, complementary vegan snacks, and all donations will go to the musicians. Two new concerts are in the works and will soon be posted, on the "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's" Meetup page You might also like to join "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's" Facebook page and join us when you can!


BALTIMORE VEGFEST: May 6th, 11:00-4:00, Baltimore VegFest will celebrate healthy, sustainable, compassionate eating. FREE event featuring wonderful veg/vegan foods, live music, speakers & nutritional experts, cooking demos, a kids area, free prizes, and more! At UMBC College Campus, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD.

VEGAN SOULFEST: Last year's Vegan Soulfest event, in downtown Baltimore, attracted more than 5000 attendees and was a total blast! Registration has begun for sponsors, exhibitors, and vendors for this wonderful free event held at Baltimore City Community College. The date is Saturday, August 26th. Event starts at noon.

VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST: July 5th-9th Vegetarian Summerfest conference on campus of University of Pittsburgh, at Johnstown, PA. Veg Summerfest offers the very best speakers and educational opportunities on veg/vegan lifestyle, and it gives us a chance to connect with like-minded people and enjoy a nice variety of wonderful vegan cuisine! Hope to see you there!


BALTIMORE VEGAN LIVING PROGRAM: April 15th-May 20th, Baltimore Vegan Living Program (VLP) is an excellent free educational series that covers the “hows” and “whys” of vegan living, Enrolees pledge to live vegan for the 6-week program, with the help of volunteer vegan coaches. Learn more at

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

NUTRITION FACTS.ORG is a real helpful website that was founded by nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD, who is a wonderful font of information on the latest research on health and nutrition. The info is presented in hundreds of bite-sized topical segments that can be searched and shared. Everything's free. It's strictly noncommercial, strictly science-based, and includes links to all the primary source citations. Subscribe to his daily feed at or follow the site on Facebook and twitter (

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

VIDEO - Animals showing us how to live together in peace...

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

VIDEO - Dr. Michael Greger: "Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death" is a fascinating and well researched hour long presentation by nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD, who examines the connection between diet and the leading causes of death in the US.

VIDEO - "Earthlings" is a 60 minute documentary that's very well done , though not easy to watch. It's narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix about the facts of Animal Cruelty in society at large. Earthlings gives an in depth look at the facts about slaughter houses meat processing in the U.S. and around the world.

VIDEO - "Draw My Life is an excellent and compelling video, produced by Mercy for Animals, which features a series of drawings that tell the story of the life of a dairy cow.


Food Revolution” by John Robbins; offers well-documented info on the wide range of compelling reasons to adopt plant based diet, including health, ecology, hunger, animal protection, and spirituality.

The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD; provides powerful scientific evidence on the link between diet and the most commonly fatal chronic diseases. The China Health Study is the most comprehensive large study ever completed on the relationship between diet and disease.

Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition” by Vesanto Melina, RD and Brenda Davis, RD, is a popular, comprehensive manual, with recipes, for optimal nutrition at all stages of life.

The World Peace Diet” by educator, pianist, and Zen Buddhist Master Will Tuttle, PhD, who sees the inherent violence in animal agriculture as root cause of oppression, exploitation, spiritual disconnectedness, and war.

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. If you join Earthsave online, please send an email with your name and address to, so we can send you a membership card.

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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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