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Feb/March Veg News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hope you are well. Earthsave is a volunteer operated nonprofit group that educates and inspires people to adopt a healthier, sustainable, and more peaceful way of eating and living. We meet in the fellowship hall of Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Rd, Baltimore, which is located next to the historic Senator Theater.

We had a nice turnout for Earthsave's January event, which we enjoyed. The presentation, however, caused some confusion and concerns, and it should have. Our speaker presented some good and helpful information, but also promoted a product that is inconsistent with our values and guidelines. We regard the exploitation of animals for their milk as no less cruel, unjust, and problematic than that of the meat industry. And we’re sorry that some were led to believe otherwise. Most Americans have just a vague idea of how the dairy industry works. There’s a link below to a short, helpful video on the subject. It’s called "Draw My Life".

Dropping dairy products from my diet is probably the best thing I've ever done for my health. I first became suspicious of dairy when a fellow singer advised me to never drink milk before going on stage, as it would cause a mucus buildup in my throat that would affect my singing voice. Years later I decided to experiment by dropping all dairy to see if it might help me avoid the frequent sinus infections I’d been dealing with for years. And in just two or three days, I was feeling so much better it was amazing. The sinus infections were virtually eliminated: I’ve had only one in the last 28 dairy-free years.

Join us for great food and supportive conversation at Mr. Chan in Pikesville on Wednesday night, February 21st at 7:00. We always have a nice turnout and a fun time with the members and guests who attend the monthly gatherings of the Baltimore Vegan Meetup group.

Hope you can make it to our February 24th potluck event when the focus will be on working with health care professionals. Dietitian and long term vegan Mark Rifkin will be speaking on "Navigating Health Care as a Vegan". Mark, who is an astute nutritionist and educator, is sure to provide us with useful info and advice. His popular Facebook group "Ask a Vegan Dietitian" is a great place to get solid nutrition information. See more about that event below.

And here's a reminder that we will be using a different entry door to the church Fellowship Hall. Please drive around church to large parking lot, where you will see a large white Earthsave banner near the entry door.

Ginny Robertson and I are glad to accept donations (at any Earthsave or Meetup event) of new and gently used women's clothing and accessories, which we hope to include in our annual sale to benefit The Light of Truth Center for women in recovery. Each year, for one full week in April, we convert our Lutherville home into a women’s boutique.

Our friend Nancy Poznak has taken on an important project. She’s consulting with restaurants in the Baltimore, Frederick, and Columbia areas, and informing them of some plant-sourced foods that they could use to make their menus more veg/vegan friendly. And Nancy is using the information her friends and supporters provide to compile an online list of the most popular restaurants. So let’s help her build an impressive email list and keep track of her progress! See more below.

You might 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. More info below.

You might also consider supporting our nonprofit with your membership or donation. You may do so at an Earthsave event, or online. If you join online, please email us at so that we can update our local membership records.

Be well. Hope to see you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson


Saturday, Feb. 24th, from 6-8 pm: Veg/Vegan potluck and speaker: Dietitian Mark Rifkin will present "Navigating Health Care As a Vegan" Medical doctors typically receive very little training in nutrition, and many of us are rightly concerned as to whether or not physicians can be key allies in our healthcare. Registered Dietitian and long term vegan Mark Rifkin will review these issues and make suggestions as to how and why responsible healthy vegans can and should engage, without undue stress, with the mainstream health care system.

Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, has been vegan since 1986 and a Registered Dietitian and educator since 2005. He shares his expertise and recipes in the popular Facebook support group "Ask A Vegan Dietitian", where you can ask nutrition questions and get solid answers from an RD with years of experience in the vegan lifestyle. Mark is especially adept at reading and evaluating nutrition research. We're sure to hear some good info and useful health care advice especially geared for vegetarians and vegans. Learn more at

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

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 BotaniCuisine • 443-384-7890


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 they regularly schedule concerts at their Lutherville home. Here's a video clip from a recent concert by folk rock troubadour Dan Navarro. It will give you a taste of the concert experience at the Robertson home. To receive email notices of concert events, you can join their Meetup goup "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's" at Invite your friends on Facebook.

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.

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.


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


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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