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Please check out the Earthsave calendar of events, to the right, and join us when you can!

May Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver!

Hope you are well. Earthsave Baltimore welcomes all who are interested in learning a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living. We have great news for you - lots of terrific events coming to the Baltimore area, including several nationally known speakers, and one who's known and loved internationally! Check out the newly updated event schedule at

Please note that our next Earthsave potluck event will be held a week earlier than usual - on April 23rd, when nationally known speaker and author Rebecca Gilbert will present "It's Easy to Start Eating Vegan!"

Then we hope to see you again on April 30th at Baltimore VegFest, 2016, which will once again be held at Ericson Field at UMBC. There will be great speakers and food venders, and lots of nonprofits, including a book sales and info table for Earthsave. And there will opportunity to connect and enjoy the company of lots of cool, like-minded people.

There's also an excellent weekly class series that's about to start, which will be especially helpful to newcomers to a plant-based diet. It will be lead by a terrific nutrition and health coach, Sharon McRae, of Eat Well, Stay Well. See more below.

We're excited to announce that Dr. Will Tuttle, author of the best selling book "The World Peace Diet", one of the classics of the veg/vegan movement, will address our Earthsave group on Saturday, May 28th at 6 pm. Hope you will join us!

Be sure to check out the info below in the wonderful 5-day Vegetarian Summerfest conference in Johnstown, PA, which will happen July 6 - 10. It always a highlight of my year!

Be well. Hope to see you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson

Saturday, April 23rd, 6-8 pm, EARTHSAVE POTLUCK in Towson: Rebecca Gilbert speaking on "It's Easy to Start Eating Vegan" Health, ethical concerns, and climate change issues are encouraging more Americans to switch to plant-based eating. Nationally known speaker and author Rebecca Gilbert will show us how to do so in a fun, easy and delicious way! Talk will include info on easy egg and dairy substitutions, vegan protein sources, how to stock your vegan pantry, and tips on how to stay vegan at work, at home and out on town. Rebecca will do a book signing after the talk.

Rebecca Gilbert is the founder of, a popular educational webpage that supports people in discovering great new plant-based foods and related products. She is a former competitive figure skater whose switch to a vegan diet healed her chronic joint pain. Please invite your veg-curious friends and those who care about restoring ecological balance. Please RSVP and join us if you can!

POTLUCK DINNERS are held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave, Towson. DINNER GUESTS may bring a vegan dish to serve 8, plus $5 donation (Earthsave members just $2). Fee is $15 for those who attend without bringing food ($12 for Earthsave members). Fee is $5 to attend educational presentation only, which usually go from about 7:00 until 8:00 Please RSVP by email to, or by calling 410-252-3043, and let us know if you’re bringing food. Come join us if you can!

May 4th - June 1st - CLASSES - PCRM Food for Life Kickstart 5 Class Series is a real helpful weekly class series that was devloped by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and which will be taught by the PCRM certified nutrition and food prep coach /b>Sharon McRae, of Eat Well, Stay Well. We think you will agree with us that Sharon is terrific! Classes will especially helpful to those who are being introduced to a whole food, plant-based diet. First class will start Wednesday May 4th as 7 pm. Learn more at

Saturday, May 28th, 6-8 pm, SPECIAL SPEAKING EVENT (not a potluck) - Internationally known, best-selling author and educator Will Tuttle, PhD, will speak on "The World Peace Diet" in Towson. Will will deliver an inspirational talk on our food: where it comes from, how it affects us physically, culturally, and spiritually. Dr. Tuttle will tell us how to make positive changes that promote wellness, encourage wisdom and abundance, and minimize our eco-footprints on the earth. Suggested donation is $10. Event to be held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD, 21204. 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

6th Annual Baltimore Veg Fest will happen 11:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturday, April 30th 2016, at UMBC College Campus on Erickson Field—1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland. The event has grown beautifully each year. Last year's event was a big success, and attracted 6000 or more visitors Stop by the Earthsave info and book sales table, and say "Hi"!

MUSIC: Don and Ginny Robertson love music and have begun scheduling concerts at their Lutherville home. Guests will enjoy hearing some great music and meet like-minded people. Ginny and Don will provide tasty, complementary vegan snacks. All donations will go to the musicians. Learn more at Please let us know if you'd like to be on their concert series email list. Write


VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST CONFERENCE in Johnstown, PA, will happen July 6 - 10 on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. 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! Attendees have the option to register for full conference or just the weekend sessions. Hope to see you there!

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

DR. MICHAEL GREGER’S WEBSITE - NUTRITION FACTS.ORG: is a wonderful font of information on the latest research on health and nutrition, split into 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

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 and cooking instructor Sharon McRae. Attendance has grown exponentially in the brief time the group has been together, and often attracts 100 or more guests. Meetings are held at Atholton Church 6520 Martin Road, 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 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 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.

VIDEO - "Chicken farmer reveals dirty secrets of the business" is a television report with a chicken farmer and tour of his chicken farm in Fairmont, North Carolina.

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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