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July/Aug News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hey Earthsaver!

Hope this finds you well. Earthsave is a nonprofit educational group that helps people learn a healthier, sustainable, and more peaceful way of eating and living.

We're back in town after attending the wonderful five-day Vegetarian Summerfest conference in Johnstown, PA, and have great news for you!

There’s a new venue for Earthsave's veg/vegan potluck dinner series. On July 29th we will meet in the fellowship hall of Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Rd, Baltimore, 21212, located a little south of the historic Senator Theater, on the same side of the street as the Senator.

The theme for our July 29th potluck, from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, will be "Great Food, Conversation, and Connection". Attendees will be invited to share a success story or inspiration, and we will get to know each other a little better through community building conversations and exercises. Prizes will be awarded to those who prepare the favorite dishes of the evening.

You might also like to join the Baltimore Vegan Meetup discussion group at Mr. Chans in Pikesville on Wednesday night, July 19th at 7 pm. We always have nice turnouts there and friendly supportive conversation. And did we mention?... the food is wonderful!

Another great event - Dr. Dave Madow has another vegan open mic event lined up for August 5th. The first two events he hosted were complete sellouts and featured all-vegan Indian buffet and fun entertainment at the Taj Palace in Owings Mills. The August event will feature a vegan Chinese buffet, and will be held at the China Moon restaurant in Resisterstown, MD. Advance registration and payment and is required. See more below. Hope you will join us!

If you like good contemporary folk and folk rock music, you might like to join Ginny and me at our Lutherville home on Sunday, August 13th, from 3:00 until 6:00 pm. Our home concert series has been a joy, and we enjoy sharing tasty vegan snacks with our guests. We will have a genuine folk rock troubadour, Dan Navarro, performing for us. Dan has big national and local following, so this event will require advance registration and payment. See more below. Join us!

We are especially 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 below.

Hope to hear from or see you soon!


Don Robertson

EARTHSAVE VEG/VEGAN DINNER SERIES: Join us at Govans Presbyterian Church for a vegan potluck on July 29th, from 6-8 pm. The event theme is "Great Food, Conversation, and Connection". Attendees will be invited to share a success story or inspiration, and we will get to know each other a little better through community building conversations and exercises. Prizes will be awarded to those who prepare the favorite dishes of the evening. We will meet in the fellowship hall of Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Rd, Baltimore, 21212, which is located a little south of the historic Senator Theater, on the same side of the street.

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 Meetings are held at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Rd, Baltimore, 21212. Please RSVP and join us! Event details at


Vegan Buffet and Open Mic is a new series of events that Dr. David Madow is organizing. Dave says "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! Cost per person is just $28.50. See full details and register for the vegan Chinese buffet and open mic, on August 5th, at China Moon restaurant in Reisterstown, MD. Event will go from 6:30 until 10:00. Hope to see you there!

4th Annual Eat Well Stay Well 2017 One Day Immersion is an excellent full day program that introduces folks to a plant-based lifestyle. The program will feature an excellent team of nationally known speakers and demonstrators, and will happen in Columbia, MD, on September 10th, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. You will want to register early as the previous events have been filled to capacity. See the details at


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.

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, and the website is 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 15,000 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 enjoy hearing great music, meeting like-minded people, and noshing on the tasty vegan snacks that Ginny and Don provide. Next concert is on Sunday, August 13th, and will feature the folk and folk rock music of Dan Navarro, who began as a songwriter, and whose music was covered by Pat Benatar (The Top Five "We Belong"), the Bangles, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick and a host of others. Dan toured in large venues and gained a national following when he teamed with Eric Lowen to form the group Lowen and Navarro. Here’s a nice sample of Dan’s music Learn more and join the Meetup page at You might also like to join "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's" Facebook page and join us when you can!


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.


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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