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Nov/Dec News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver,

Hope that all is well, and that you will join us in Towson for the last Earthsave veg dinner event of the year.
Join us for great food and mutual support this Saturday, November 19th, at our annual "Pre-Thanksgiving Meet & Greet" potluck. See full details below and at

Emotions are running high in the wake of the surprising results of the US presidential election which just took place. We think it may be helpful to give folks a chance to sort out their hopes and fears, thoughts and feelings at our next veg/vegan Meetup this Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 7:00 pm, at Mr. Chan in Pikesville. Everyone is welcome, regardless of who supported whom. We expect this meeting to be a friendly, courteous, and supportive one. And the food at Mr. Chan gets rave reviews. We hope you will join us.

Just one other thing to tell you. There's a nice opportunity for women who would like to learn to get out of their own way in terms of personal growth. Ginny Presley Robertson, my wise and wonderful life partner, will be leading a full day workshop this weekend on "Procrastination: The Art of Self-Sabotage ". You can pick the day that works best for you and pay according to value received and ability to pay. See more info and link below.

Be well. Hope to see you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson

Earthsave's Veg Dinner Educational Series usually meets in Towson on the last Saturday of each 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

Send email address for monthly event reminder. Facebook group Earth Friendly Food Choices is a helpful resource and great place to connect with like-minded folks from around the world.

Saturday, Nov. 19th, 6-8 pm, Veg/Vegan Potluck and Earthsave's annual Pre-Thanksgiving Meet & Greet in Towson: We come together every year at this time to connect with like-minded people for mutual support. We enjoy delicious food and get to know others who are interested in learning a healthier and more peaceful way of eating and living. Attendees get the chance to introduce themselves and tell us how they became interested in plant based eating, and will be invited to share a gratitude or inspirational thought, song, or success story. We'll also award prizes to those who prepare the favorite dishes of the evening. Please 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 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!

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

TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONALis a nonprofit that provides opportunities to develop leadership and communication skills, and gives us a chance to educate others. Toastmasters operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their speaking skills. Through its thousands of member clubs, Toastmasters offers a program of communication and leadership projects designed to help people learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking. Most groups meet twice per month. Meetings also provide a wonderful opportunity to educate and inspire people about healthier diet and lifestyle and justice for animals. Some Toastmasters clubs may feel more welcoming and supportive than others, so you might like to give several groups a try. Learn more at Wishing you well!

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. Check out their Facebook page at And you might like to join their house concerts Meetup group


November 18th, 19th, & 20th - PROCRASTINATION WORKSHOP : Ginny Presley Robertson, the founder of On Purpose Networking for Women, and publisher of On Purpose Woman magazine, will be leading a full day workshop for women on "Procrastination: The Art of Self-Sabotage" in Lutherville. You can pick the day that works best for you: either Friday, Nov. 18th, Saturday the 19th, or Sunday the 20th, from 10:00 until 5:00. There is no upfront fee. You pay at the end based on value you receive and your ability to pay. Registration ends Thursday, the 17th, at 5:00 pm. See details at bottom of page 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 very 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

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

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 - "Dairy Is Scary" is a fast paced, and surprisingly upbeat, 5-minute video that gives us a detailed overview of how dairy production actually works nowadays. Dairy production is not animal friendly, so the video shows some disturbing content without dwelling on it. This is important information for us to have and share, so please watch it.

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.


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.

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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