July 2018 News & Events: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Sending you Smiles and Hugs...

Hope you are well. Earthsave is a volunteer operated nonprofit group that educates and inspires people to shift toward a healthier, sustainable, and more peaceful way of eating and living. We host two monthly discussion groups that meet in restaurants, and a vegan dinner series, with speakers, that meets at Govans Presbyterian Church, next to the historic Senator Theater.

Next Earthsave potluck meeting will happen on a Friday instead of our usual last Saturday of the month. We recently learned that the church has a event planned for the 30th, so we’ve moved our potluck event date to Friday, June 29th. We’ll be showing an informative and very humorous video on “Reading Food Labels” by Registered Dietitian Jeffrey Novick. See details below. Hope to see you there!

Our July potluck event will happen on Saturday, July 28th, and will feature a presentation by Susan Beverly on “Current Climate Realities”.

There’s still time to register and attend Vegetarian Summerfest. It's a wonderful five-day educational conference, our favorite annual event, that will happen on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, beginning on Wednesday, July 4th.

We’re also gearing up for one of our very favorite events, which will be held on Saturday, August 25th: The Fifth Annual Vegan Soulfest will take place at a new location this year, at Clifton Park. The Baltimore city event has enjoyed phenomenal growth in the four short years since Naijha Wright-Brown and Brenda Sanders put their considerable talents together to organize the first one. The 2017 event was a huge success, attracting more than 10,000 energized and highly engaged visitors of all ages. See more below. Join us!

You might also like to join the one of our discussion groups. Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup gathers for great a great Indian buffet at Mango Grove in Columbia. Baltimore Vegan Meetup group gets together at Mr. Chan, in Pikesville. It's great to connect with friendly, like-minded people. And the food at both restaurants is wonderful! See more info below.

Our friend Sharon McRae has just announced that the annual educational event that she hosts, the "Eat Well Stay Well One Day Immersion" will be held at the Wellness Center at Howard Community College on Sunday, November 4 at 9 am - 5 pm. Featured presenters will include many nationally known speakers, including medical doctors Joel Fuhrman, Neal Barnard, and Dana Simpler, and Registered Dietitian Brenda Davis. It’s a stellar lineup, as always, that will provide an excellent introduction to the plant-based lifestyle, and is almost certain to sell out. Registration is now underway, and the early-bird fee is $129.00. You won’t want to miss this exciting event.

And if you’re not already my Facebook friend, please send me a friend request and join me on Facebook. You might like to take a look at my most recent artwork and photos, and my essay “Thoughts on the "Suffering" of Plants”. You can also access my postings in the Facebook veg/vegan support groups “Earthsave Baltimore”, and the larger, global group “Earth Friendly Food Choices”.

Be well. Hope to see you soon! Peace...

Peace... Don Robertson


Friday, June 29th, from 6:00-8:30 pm - Vegan potluck and film: [Please note the schedule change is for this event only. Our Earthsave potluck dinner and presentation will not meet on Saturday, June 30th, as originally scheduled, but meet on Friday evening, June 29th]

Earthsave's veg/vegan dinner series normally meets on the last Saturday of each month, at Govans Presbyterian Church, next to the historic Senator Theater. Our June 29th event will feature a video showing of the talk "Reading Food Labels" by Registered Dietitian Jeffrey Novick, who is also a very funny guy. Please RSVP by phone or email if you do not plan to bring a dish to share, and will be paying for dinner]

Jeffrey Novick, MS, RD. has more than 30 years experience in nutrition, health and fitness. Jeff currently serves as Vice President of Health Promotion for Executive Health Exams International and lectures at the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, CA. Previously, he lectured at the Engine 2 Immersion programs, served as the Director of Nutrition for the Meals for Health community project, which helped empower low-income families to achieve optimal health. Jeff has also worked closely with Whole Foods Market in assisting them with the development of their Wellness Club program, their healthy eating initiatives and their food rating system. And for ten years, Jeff served as the Director of Nutrition at the Pritikin Center as Vice President of the Board of the Directors for the National Health Association (NHA) where he also served as the Director of Health Education. Hope to see you Friday. 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 (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 hear 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 Baltimore@Earthsave.org. Meetings are held at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Rd, Baltimore, 21212. Please RSVP and join us!

44th ANNUAL VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST CONFERENCE will be held Wednesday, July 4th – Sunday, July 8th. 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 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 from which to select 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 Baltimore@earthsave.org if you would like to carpool. Hope to see you there! http://vegetariansummerfest.org/

Saturday, August 25th 12:00 – 7:00: Vegan SoulFest is a celebration of culture and vegan living in Baltimore. This is a FREE event featuring delicious vegan food, nutrition experts, vegan cooking demonstrations, a children's area, live entertainment, giveaways, special invited guests and much more! Featured Speakers: Dr. Milton Mills, Tracye McQuirter Performing artists: DJ Tee Brown, The Fruition Experience, Out of Water Experience, So Freakin Vegan It will be held at Clifton Park, 2801 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21218. Full details are at www.vegansoulfest.com.

Everyone is welcome at this event - vegans, vegan-friendly and anyone who's curious about this lifestyle and would like to learn more. The goal of Vegan SoulFest is to spread awareness about how the vegan lifestyle can improve personal health and our relationships with other people, animals and our natural environment. Come out and join us for this fun, educational event and let's start a dialogue about how we can all move towards a healthier, more sustainable future for everyone in Baltimore. Learn more at www.vegansoulfest.com. Invite your Facebook friends https://tinyurl.com/y7soctuy

On Cholesterol and Heart Disease:
The editor of the American Journal of Cardiology, and Executive Director of Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. William C. Roberts, says that there's only one true risk factor for coronary heart disease - cholesterol. So he’s saying, essentially, that you could be an obese, diabetic, smoking couch potato and still not develop atherosclerosis, the top cause of mortality in the developed world, as long as your blood cholesterol level is low enough. And a whole foods , plant-based diet is the only natural way to achieve this objective.

The simple explanation is that arterial plaques are composed of cholesterol. And if our blood cholesterol level is low enough, we deny the body the building blocks that are required to form them. There’s a great deal of evidence to show that we can make ourselves essentially “heart attack proof” by getting our LDL blood cholesterol level below 70 mg/dL, which translates to a total cholesterol reading below 150. These are the levels we see in populations largely free of heart disease. For more on this, see page 22 of the book “How Not to Die”, by Michael Greger, MD. https://tinyurl.com/y9hdkm9t And see Dr. Roberts’ editorial “It’s the Cholesterol, Stupid!” https://tinyurl.com/ydgc9kxh

A Must Read! Dr. Michael Greger's book "How Not to Die" is an excellent resource for anyone who wishes to avoid or recover from heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and most other common causes of mortality in the developed world. Dr. Michael Greger is an internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of www.NutritionFacts.org. “How Not to Die” examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America--heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more--and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to help prevent and reverse these diseases, freeing us to live healthier lives. https://tinyurl.com/y83csc53

RESTAURANT OUTREACH: Our friend Nancy Poznak has launched BotaniCuisine, a webpage and outreach program that educates and encourages restaurant owners to add plant-sourced products to their menu. BotaniCuisine also offers dining guides and email updates to subscribers to help get the word out about restaurants that offer extensive plant-sourced menu options, and the ones that are moving in that direction. Online guides are available for Baltimore and Frederick areas, and a Columbia list will soon be added. Nancy would like to hear from us so that our favorite restaurants can be listed. Learn more and get on the BotaniCuisine email list at http://www.botanicuisine.com/ BotaniCuisine@gmail.com 443-384-7890

Quotes of Note: “There is compelling evidence, now published in top scientific journals, and some of which is decades old, showing that cows’ milk is associated, possibly even causally, with a wide variety of serious human ailments including various cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and an array of allergy-related diseases. And this food contains no nutrients that cannot be better obtained from other far more nutritious and tasty foods.” - T. Colin Campbell, PhD - Nutritional biochemist of Cornell University, Dr. Campbell was the lead scientist in the most comprehensive large study ever completed on the relationship between diet and disease, the Cornell - Oxford - China Health Study. Learn more about the work of Dr. Campbell at https://nutritionstudies.org/


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. https://www.meetup.com/Columbia-MD-Forks-Over-Knives-Meetup/

DINEKIND: Folks in the Harford County area might like to check out Dinekind Harford Healthy Living. The group promotes a healthful, plant-based lifestyle that is kind to our health, all animals, and the earth, and gets together monthly for a great plant-based potluck, fun, good conversation and to learn about a cleaner, healthier style of living. Bring your favorite plant-based main course, side or dessert, and join the group for a potluck or picnic, or run! Their email is dinekindharford@gmail.com, and the website is at https://www.dinekindharford.com/

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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/EarthsaveBaltimore/ We also host a very popular and active global Facebook group called Earth Friendly Food Choices. Group now has over 15,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/103906449752363/.

"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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BaltimoreNMA/

ABOUT FIBER: Did you know that meat, dairy, and eggs do not contain fiber, something that is essential for optimal digestion and regularity... So meat, with its toxins and bacteria and chemical and pharmaceutical residues, may stay in our bodies for several days before being excreted, and may contribute to a number of health problems, including diverticulitis and colorectal cancer. Our consumption of meat and dairy has skyrocketed since the end of the second world war, and so has the incidence of colorectal cancer, which is now our second most lethal cancer. It's clear that we need to make healthy, fiber rich, plant-based food choices a priority.

TWO GREAT VIDEOS! – No words needed Animal lovers will enjoy both of these...
www.facebook.com/ILoveAnimalss/videos/379239822590879/ And check this one out! www.facebook.com/thedodosite/videos/1533353203466016/

VIDEO - "Ultra Mobile Homes" Pop-up mobile houses can fold and unfold in just 10 minutes...

VIDEO - "Chickens Nursing Homes" Enjoy! www.facebook.com/WeNeedThisbyattn/videos/198209047347635/

VIDEO - "Philip Wollen - Why Animals Should Not Be On the Menu" You won’t want to miss this eloquent and compelling presentation by Australian businessman Philip Wollen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQCe4qEexjc&feature=youtu.be

VIDEO - "A Life Connected" is a terrific, upbeat 12-minute video that explains the vegan philosophy and lifestyle. Excellent for both children and adults! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6_hjA4cdjM

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30gEiweaAVQ

VEGAN LIFESTYLE Donald Watson coined the term "vegan" in 1944 and is regarded as the founder of the vegan movement. The vegan philosophy originated when Watson and some other members of England's Royal Vegetarian Society expressed concerns about the inherent violence and deprivation of milk production, and sought to exclude the use of dairy products.

Watson addressed the International Vegetarian Congress in 1947: "The vegan believes that if we are to be true emancipators of animals we must renounce absolutely our traditional and conceited attitude that we have the right to use them to serve our needs. We must supply these needs by other means … If the vegan ideal of non-exploitation were generally adopted, it would be the greatest peaceful revolution ever known, abolishing vast industries and establishing new ones in the better interests of men and animals alike." - Donald Watson


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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/344215115740668/

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 http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/feed/ or follow the site on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NutritionFacts.org and twitter http://twitter.com/nutrition_facts.

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. http://www.meetup.com/vegetarian-9/

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. http://www.meetup.com/The-Baltimore-Vegan-Meetup-Group/

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


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. 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 Baltimore@earthsave.org, so we can send you a membership card.

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