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June/July 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. Our veg/vegan potluck dinners with speakers are on hold for the time being. We are seeking out a new venue and expect to have good news soon.

It won’t be a potluck, but we do have a June event planned. On Friday, June 23rd, Ginny Robertson and I will host a film showing of “Unlocking the Cage” at our Lutherville home, and will provide some tasty vegan snacks. The event will help raise funds for a dedicated legal team that is doing groundbreaking work to protect animals by establishing personhood for several species. See the details below.

Also, there is still time to register for the 43rd annual Vegetarian Summerfest conference - July 5- 9, 2017 - which will be held at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown. Those who have attended before are nearly unanimous in calling it a highlight of the year... wonderful presentations, food, and people! See full details below.

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 info below.

And please also mark your calendar for Saturday, August 5th, for the 7th Annual Walking Wellness Wholeness Festival, in Hanlon Park, near Druid Hill Park in Baltimore. There will be speakers, music, demos, and lots of great veg/vegan food.

The event will raise awareness of the wonderful work being done by Tuttie’s Place, community-based residential wellness center for Baltimore City youth. We’ve found previous events to be warm and inviting… a real joy to attend. There is still some space available for vendors. See more info below. Hope to see you there!

Our friend Dr. Dave Madow had an idea that has taken hold. Dave organizes the “Vegan Buffet Fun Evening and Open Mic” events. We really enjoyed the food, fellowship, and entertainment at the first two events, which were held in Owings Mills, with rooms filled to capacity. See more below.

One last thing - you might like to join me on Facebook. Just look for Earthsaverdon. You might also check out the two Facebook support groups I host - "Earth Friendly Food Choices", a global group, and the local group "Earthsave Baltimore”.

Hope to hear from you, or see you soon!

Peace...

Don Robertson

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday Night Film "Unlocking the Cage" in Lutherville, MD. (Friday, June 23rd, from 7-9 pm) "Unlocking the Cage" is an excellent 2016 documentary that gives us an intimate look at the work of a group of dedicated attorneys who seek to break down the wall that separates humans from animals. Event to be held at the home of Don and Ginny Robertson, 517 Talbott Ave. in Lutherville, MD, 21093. Suggested donation is $5.00, with the proceeds to benefit the Nonhuman Rights Project. Please RSVP by calling 410-252-3043. Use the same number if you need help with directions. Vegan snacks will be provided. http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/43

SOMETHING NEW: Vegan Indian Buffet and Open Mic is a new series of events that Dr. David Madow is organizing. Dr. Dave writes: "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! Join the mailing list for more info and updates. https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/162473/#

OTHER POTLUCKS

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/

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, June 25th, and will feature the “African Folk Rock” of singer and songwriter Tony Bird, who hails from Malawi in southern Africa. Tony is a wonderful musician and genuine cultural ambassador who helped Paul Simon assemble the great band that played with him on the Graceland album. Suggested donation is $20, which goes to the musicians. Learn more and join the Meetup page at http://tinyurl.com/jj7sqsk. You might also like to join "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's" Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/House-Concerts-at-Ginny-Dons-785224531543540/ and join us when you can!

FESTIVALS AND CONFERENCES

7th ANNUAL WALKING WELLNESS WHOLENESS FESTIVAL: (Saturday, August 5th from Noon until 6:00) This free event features health-related demonstrations, lectures, vegetarian/vegan foods, a Fresh Air KidZone, entertainment, community partners, and giveaways. The focal point this year is “Stayin’ Alive”. For one day, we want attendees to experience a natural way of being with Mother Earth.

Tuttie’s Place is a community-based residential wellness center for youth that promotes and encourages active living and healthy eating for all generations. Each year, we share our extensive wellness programming in an event that helps raise funds to serve our community and promote health and wellbeing. The Tuttie’s Place Annual Wellness Wholeness Festival is a majestic event.

We look forward to your participation in this event, and if you have a question or would like to register as a vendor, please call Ms. Ayesha at 410.466.5373 or email her directly at info@tuttiesplace.org.

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. http://www.vegansoulfest.com/

VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST: July 5th-9th Vegetarian Summerfest conference on campus of University of Pittsburgh, at Johnstown, PA. 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! http://vegetariansummerfest.org/ Hope to see you there!

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

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).

DISCUSSION GROUP RESTAURANT MEETINGS
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/

VIDEO - Animals showing us how to live together in peace...
http://tinyurl.com/hm67xro

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

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms7yoerGaPU

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.
https://www.facebook.com/mercyforanimals/videos/10154165801779475/

RECOMMENDED READING

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 http://tinyurl.com/7e88ndb. 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 Baltimore@earthsave.org, 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 http://tinyurl.com/2d34u93

March/ April E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Earthsave Baltimore E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices
See E-News online at http://earthsavebaltimore.org

"You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel." ~Anon~

Hi Earthsaver,

Here’s all the latest news from Earthsave Baltimore, an all-volunteer nonprofit that helps people make healthier, compassionate, earth friendly food choices. There’s good news here!

We were happy to make lots of new connections and friends at the Women’s Expo at CCBC. Organizer Patsy Anderson did an excellent job organizing the event, which featured 225 venders. WE’re looking forward to next year’s event.

Last month Carol Stover did a real nice job educating us about animal byproducts that are used in personal care and household products. Please let us know if you’d like to receive information from her talk and we’ll email it to you.

And please check out the recent additions to the “Frequently Asked questions” page of EarthsaveBaltimore.org. Our friend and fellow animal advocate Gary Loewenthal provided a real interesting response to the question about meat eating being sanctioned by God in the Bible.

Our next two monthly potluck events will feature videos. The March 26th presentation will include a screening of “Processed People”, a documentary that was produced by Earthsave International’s president, Jeff Nelson. The film features interviews with several of the most prominent spokespersons for plant based nutrition, including Earthsave founder, author John Robbins, Dietitian Jeffrey Novick, and Drs. John McDougall, MD, Joel Fuhrman, MD, and Milton Mills, MD.

On April 23rd (4th Saturday, not the usual last Saturday) we will view and discuss the Oprah TV program on veganism. Oprah and 378 of her staff members agreed to go vegan for a full week. The program reported on some nice success stories, including the one about Oprah’s beau Steadman Graham, who said that he was feeling good and had decided he would stay with the program.

Then on April 30th, Earthsave Baltimore will have an info and books sales table at the first annual Baltimore VegFest. And on May 1st at 2 pm, Johns Hopkins University will host a lecture and book signing by Dr. Neal Barnard, president of Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, who will talk about his new book and program “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart”. See below for more info.

Hope to see you soon! Be well!

Peace, Don Robertson

DINNER ON SATURDAY, March 26th, 6-9 pm: Here’s a tasty opportunity to get together with friendly, like-minded people for mutual support on healthier diet and lifestyle. Our dinner will feature a screening of the new documentary film "Processed People". Fast food, fast medicine, fast news, and fast lives have turned many Americans into a sick, uninformed, indebted, “processed” people. Health care has become "Sick Care”, with the primary emphasis on profits. Nine preeminent health and nutrition experts, including author John Robbins, Dietitian Jeffrey Novick, and Drs. John McDougall, MD, Joel Fuhrman, and Milton Mills, MD, reflect on this disturbing situation and offer sound advice on the way to get off the "health care" treadmill. Questions and group discussion will follow the film screening. Please RSVP and join us!

Dinner Guests are asked to bring a dish made without animal products to serve 6-8, along with a donation of $5 (members $2). Or guests may attend without bringing a dish for a $12 fee (members $10). Please give 1 day notice if paying for dinner. Suggested donation for those attending only the presentation is $5. You may RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or by emailing Baltimore@Earthsave.org. These monthly dinner events are usually held on the last Saturday at the Learning Center of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills. Please RSVP, and join us if you can!

DIRECTIONS From Beltway 695: take exit 19 onto I-795 (Northwest Expressway). Get off at Exit 4 (Owings Mills Blvd). Bear right when exit splits. Take right at first traffic light (South Dolfield Road). Travel approximately l/2 mile. Flying Avocado Café and "Your Prescription for Health" pharmacy is on the right after Gold’s Gym (which is on left). The Learning Center/Yoga Studio entrance is at the opposite end of the building.

DIRECTIONS From Reisterstown Road: Travel West on Painters Mill Road. Turn right at 2nd traffic light onto S. Dolfield Road. Go left at the second driveway into the parking lot of Your Prescription for Health.
There’s more info on this event at http://earthsavebaltimore.org/.

MONTHLY VEG DISCUSSION GROUP MEETUPS are casual and are held in restaurants over great vegetarian food. Attendance is usually around 10-20 people, and discussions include a wide variety of topics that support people in making healthier choices in diet and lifestyle. There are two different groups, one vegan and one vegetarian. The vegetarian group currently meets on the first Sunday at 12:30 pm at the Kathmandu Kitchen in Towson, and the vegan group meets on the third Wednesday, at 7 pm, at Mr. Chan in Pikesville. Both groups welcome all who are interested in learning about healthier eating. For details, or to register and let others know you plan to attend, go to http://vegetarian.meetup.com/9/, or to http://vegan.meetup.com/29/.

DR. NEAL BARNARD LECTURE ON WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: President of Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, Neal Barnard, MD, will do a free talk, Sunday May 1st at 2:00 pm, on the subject of his latest book, “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart”. Dr. Barnard, a medical doctor specializing in internal medicine, will discuss vegan choices, benefits, and challenges, and will help his audience learn to substitute vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, and plant-based protein for fatty animal products (meat, dairy, fish) and sugary fare; eat vegan in social situations and while traveling; promote weight loss, energy and sleep; relieve pain; prevent or reverse diabetes, heart disease and some cancers; and create meals that fulfill all nutritional requirements. Event will be held in the Hillel Building at 3109 N Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218. http://www.hopkinshillel.org/articlenav.php?id=23

CHIP (CORONARY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PROJECT) is a tremendously successful 30-Day dietary program that has helped more than 50,000 graduates develop a healthier diet and lifestyle. In that short span of time, blood cholesterol levels have dropped by an average of 10-20%. Graduates have also enjoyed weight losses averaging 7 pounds; diabetes and blood pressure medications are often reduced and sometimes eliminated. Enrollees are also likely to experience higher energy levels and improved sleep. “China Study author Dr. T. Colin Campbell calls CHIP “the premier community-based health program in the country!" A CHIP program in Clarksville, MD, will soon be starting. Clarksville’s first CHIP program was a big success, with many participants reporting great improvements in their health. The cost is $295 per person and $395 per couple. See more info at http://www.chiphealth.com/index.php. The contact for the Clarksville, MD, program is Rae Cooper, RN, Phone: 301-890-3314. Email cooperr@verizon.net. The Location is 12602 State Rte 108, Clarksville, MD 21209.

BALTIMORE VEGFEST: On Saturday, April 30 from 11:00am - 3:00pm, the First Annual Baltimore VegFest will be held at Erickson Field at UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD. VegFest is a celebration of healthy, sustainable, and compassionate eating and explores the endless benefits of vegetarian living. This FREE event will feature all kinds of vegetarian foods, live music, local veg restaurants, hooping, speakers, nutritional experts, and more! UMBC Vegetarians and the Animal Awareness Project (AAP) are hosting and cosponsoring this exciting event. Be sure to visit Earthsave’s info and book sales table. More info is at http://www.aapbaltimore.com/VegFest.htm. We hope to see you there!

“FOOD INC.” FILM SCREENING: This is the award winning documentary, produced by Michael Pollan, author of “Omnivore’s Dilemma” that lifts the veil on our food industry. The event will be presented by Park Heights Community Health Alliance on Tuesday, March 22nd, and will start at 5:30 pm with light refreshments. The movie will start at 6:00 pm. After the film, there will be a panel discussion with members from Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future, local Vegan activist Vincent Shelton, a , and Denzel Mitchell, an urban farmer in Baltimore City. Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Afya Center at Park Heights, Park Heights Community Health Alliance, 4151 Park Heights Avenue, 2nd Floor. For more info all 41-542-8190, or email info@phcha.org

TRAVELING CLASSROOM LECTURER: Gary Yourofsky is an exceptional speaker with an unforgettable message who travels the country lecturing in classrooms about vegetarian/vegan nutrition and justice for farmed animals. We were very impressed with this video of his recent presentation at Georgia Tech. Watch the full 70-minute talk at http://tinyurl.com/4rpl6u7. Gary’s 30-minute question and answer session is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIkC4OJEx3c. Instructors in philosophy, ethics, and public speaking are encouraged to contact Gary to arrange a presentation. You can find him on his Facebook page.

PRESIDENT CLINTON GOES TO PLANT BASED DIET: Bill Clinton, former US President and former fan of barbecued ribs, announced that he’d embraced a plant-based diet: goodbye meat and dairy, hello beans and almond milk. Some people who take this route do it for the sake of animal welfare. But Clinton’s motivation was his heart. He’d had a coronary bypass following a heart attack in 2004 and after recurring chest pain earlier this year, had two stents inserted into clogged arteries. His decision to eat an almost vegan diet was inspired partly by US physician Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, a man who recommends avoiding any food that ever had a mother or a face. See video of interviews of President Clinton and Drs. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dean Ornish. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoHt9cSWJVI&feature=related.

EARTHSAVE’S “MEALS FOR HEALTH” is a 60-day intervention program where underprivileged people are taught to eat a healthy plant-based diet. John McDougall MD, Rip Esselstyn, Jeff Novick RD, and many other plant-based health professionals are joining in this ground-breaking project which began in Sacramento, California. Matthew Lederman, MD, and Alona Pulde, MD, are providing medical care for participants. A major university will be collecting the data for this program, and EarthSave plans to roll out Meals for Health nationally. We hope you will consider supporting this wonderful effort with your donation or Earthsave membership, which will also include membership benefits for Earthsave Baltimore. For more info see http://earthsave.org/.

PLEASE BRING EMPTY INKJET & TONER CARTRIDGES to Earthsave and Meetup events for recycling. Our nonprofit group is compensated for every cartridge we turn in. Thanks so much!

NEW VEGAN RESTAURANT – THE LAND OF KUSH is now open on Eutah Street and Martin Luther King Blvd., in the Mount Vernon area of Baltimore, offering some of the finest “Veggie Soul Food” around. You may already know proprietors Greg Brown and Naijha Wright if you’ve visited ArtScape, the African American Heritage Festival, or one of the other Baltimore area street fairs at which they have been popular food venders. We hope to be among their many frequent visitors, and wish them the very best. Hope to see you there! http://www.thelandofkush.com/

ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE: Here’s an video that shows the amazing problem-solving abilities of a dog who wants to play and please his human companion, but doesn’t want to get wet. http://www.wimp.com/dogsmartest/

AWARDS AND PRIZES: We’d be happy to hear from you if you’d be willing to donate a product or service that we could use as a cooking award. Your generosity increases the excitement at events, builds name recognition for the giver or product, and helps our nonprofit group grow. Please contact us at Baltimore@earthsave.org, or 410-252-3043.

FARM TO FRIDGE is a well produced 12 minute video that shows the conditions and treatment that our society’s dietary habits cause farmed animals to endure on a daily basis. If we find it difficult to watch, imagine viewing it from the animals’ perspective. http://meatvideo.com/

TOP RESTAURANT CHAINS FOR VEGETARIANS & VEGANS: An ongoing national poll by Vegetarian Resource Group shows the following results: 1. Chipotle 2. Taco Bell 3. Qdoba Mexican Grill 4. Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes 5. P.F. Chang's China Bistro 6. Subway 7. Panera Bread 8. Noodles & Company
To vote, go to http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/top_restaurant_chains.php

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIP is a great way for you to contribute to our important educational mission. All members may receive a free 12-issue subscription to Vegetarian Times magazine. Folks who attend meetings may check out books from our well stocked EarthSave Library, they may place literature on our networking tables, may make a brief announcement to the group, and receive discounted attendance fees to most Earthsave events. You may join our group online at http://www.earthsave.org/, or you can send a tax-deductible check for $35, or $50 for family membership, or $25 for student or senior, to EarthSave at 517 Talbott Ave. Lutherville MD, 21093. Thanks for your kind support!

PLEASE REMEMBER to be the peace that you wish to manifest. Be well!

EarthSave … May all be fed, may all be healed, and may all be loved.

Baltimore Chapter events http://earthsavebaltimore.org/ Call us at 410-252-3043, or email us at Baltimore@earthsave.org

Feb/Mar E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Earthsave Baltimore E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

“Adopt the Peace of nature. Her secret is patience."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Hi Earthsaver,

Here’s all the latest news from Earthsave Baltimore. We are an all-volunteer nonprofit that helps people make healthier, compassionate, earth friendly food choices. There’s lots of great news here!

Hope that you saw the Oprah show on veganism. Oprah and 378 of her staff members agreed to go vegan for a full week. We heard some nice success stories, including the one about Oprah’s beau Steadman, who reported he was feeling good and had decided he would stay with the program. Oprah herself wasn’t ready to fully commit, and decided she would be “veganish”. Oprah’s guest, vegan expert and author Kathy Freston, was overjoyed to see that sales for her book “Veganist” had zoomed to #1 the day after the show was aired.

Hope that you will check out some of the great vegetarian and vegan restaurant fare in the Baltimore area: Great Sage restaurant in Clarksville, one of the classiest veg restaurants around, went completely vegan a year ago, and their business has increased nicely. Baltimore City now has a second vegan restaurant, which is called The Land of Kush, and is located in the Mount Vernon area on Eutaw St. Baltimore’s original vegan restaurant, the Yabba Pot, on St. Paul St., is under new management and carrying on in good style. And the all-vegan Emily’s Desserts has opened a kiosk on the 3rd floor Nordstrom wing of Towson Town Center Mall. This year’s Baltimore’s Best vegetarian restaurant was Mr. Chan in Pikesville, where the Baltimore Vegan Meetup group gathers on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. I hope that you will check out all of these wonderful establishments, tell others, and help keep the momentum going!

Please support the publications in which Earthsave Baltimore ads appear, including Baltimore’s premier holistic health journal, Health Quest, and On Purpose Woman magazine, which features great articles on personal growth and holistic health. Both magazines are available for free in Baltimore area public libraries and in many other locations. Earthsave helps to distribute both publications, so please contact us if you know of a health practitioner, restaurant, or other location where the magazines could be available.

Hope to see you soon!

Peace, Don Robertson

DINNER ON SATURDAY, February 26th, 6-9 pm: Here’s a tasty opportunity to get together with friendly, like-minded people for mutual support on healthier diet and lifestyle. Our dinner will feature a live presentation by Carol Stover on "Compassionate Product Choices: How to Choose Personal Care Items that do not Contain Animal By-Products" Carol will let us know where animal by-products come from and how they often wind up in our cosmetics, personal care products, vitamins & supplements, and more. And she will point out the dangers they pose to our health. Carol Stover is a professional makeup artist and an independent consultant for Arbonne International, whose entire product line is free of all animal by-products and are not tested on animals. Hope that you will join us for Carol's information-packed presentation. Please RSVP, if you can.

Dinner Guests are asked to bring a dish made without animal products to serve 6-8, along with a donation of $5 (members $2). Or guests may attend without bringing a dish for a $12 fee (members $10). Please give 1 day notice if paying for dinner. Suggested donation for those attending only the presentation is $5. You may RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or by emailing Baltimore@Earthsave.org. These monthly dinner events are usually held on the last Saturday at the Learning Center of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills. Please RSVP, and join us if you can!

DIRECTIONS From Beltway 695: take exit 19 onto I-795 (Northwest Expressway). Get off at Exit 4 (Owings Mills Blvd). Bear right when exit splits. Take right at first traffic light (South Dolfield Road). Travel approximately l/2 mile. Flying Avocado Café and "Your Prescription for Health" pharmacy is on the right after Gold’s Gym (which is on left). The Learning Center/Yoga Studio entrance is at the opposite end of the building.

DIRECTIONS From Reisterstown Road: Travel West on Painters Mill Road. Turn right at 2nd traffic light onto S. Dolfield Road. Go left at the second driveway into the parking lot of Your Prescription for Health.
There’s more info on this event at http://earthsavebaltimore.org/.

MONTHLY VEG DISCUSSION GROUP MEETUPS are casual and are held in restaurants over great vegetarian food. Attendance is usually around 10-20 people, and discussions include a wide variety of topics that support people in making healthier choices in diet and lifestyle. There are two different groups, one vegan and one vegetarian. The vegetarian group currently meets on the first Sunday at 12:30 pm at the Kathmandu Kitchen in Towson, and the vegan group meets on the third Wednesday, at 7 pm, at Mr. Chan in Pikesville. Both groups welcome all who are interested in learning about healthier eating. For details, or to register and let others know you plan to attend, go to http://vegetarian.meetup.com/9/, or to http://vegan.meetup.com/29/.

TRAVELING CLASSROOM LECTURER Gary Yourofsky crosses the country speaking in schools and universities about vegetarian & vegan nutrition and justice for animals. His presentations are passionate, cohesive, and very much to the point, if a bit earthy. And Gary is not above chiding his audience just a bit for having bought into the propaganda of meat and dairy industry marketers. We were very impressed with the YouTube video of his recent presentation at Georgia Tech. Watch the full 70-minute talk at http://tinyurl.com/4rpl6u7 Gary Yourofsky will be speaking in two Baltimore area classrooms in early April and will consider doing other classroom presentations. If you’re a professor or teacher and would like to set up a talk, please write us and we’ll let Gary know. Or you can reach him on his Facebook page.

ULTIMATE FIGHTERS GOING VEG: Vegetarian diets have gained a strong following among elite world-class martial arts fighters. See full story at http://tinyurl.com/49gj6x2.

AYURVEDIC VEG COOKING CLASSES AT BREATHE BOOKS: Susan Weis, the proprietress of breath books, is a Chopra Institute certified Ayurvedic Instructor who is offering Ayurvedic vegetarian cooking classes. Ayurvedic cooking may include non-vegan ingredients such as ghee (clarified butter) and cheese. You will probably have to register in advance, since her class sizes are usually limited to 12 students. The next scheduled class is on Saturday, April 9th from 12:00-3:00, and the cost is $60. There is also an Ayurvedic Cooking Retreat scheduled for March 25-27. Breathe books offers a wonderful book selection on spirituality, meditation, and all things holistic in the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore City. They also offer the most extensive and varied speaker series on similar subjects in the Baltimore area. See http://www.breathebooks.com/.

DID YOU KNOW… that Antibiotics are routinely fed to chickens, turkeys, pigs, and dairy cows in massive amounts… As a result, bacterial resistance to antibiotic treatment of humans has jumped dramatically since the 1970s. The conditions on factory farms are typically so filthy and cramped that agribusiness needs to use extraordinary measures to keep animals alive long enough to be taken to market. In the process, these “farms” become breeding grounds for antibiotic resistant bacteria.

YOU CAN QUOTE ME ON THAT: “…appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes. ~American Dietetic Association~

EMILY’S DESSERTS, a wonderful all-vegan bakery recently opened a kiosk at Towsontown Center Mall, on the 3rd floor Nordstrom wing. Learn all the latest about Emily’s tasty treats by going to http://www.emilysdesserts.com/.

NEW VEGAN RESTAURANT – THE LAND OF KUSH is now open on Eutah Street and Martin Luther King Blvd., in the Mount Vernon area of Baltimore, offering some of the finest “Veggie Soul Food” around. You may already know proprietors Greg Brown and Naijha Wright if you’ve visited ArtScape, the African American Heritage Festival, or one of the other Baltimore area street fairs at which they have been popular food venders. We hope to be among their many frequent visitors, and wish them the very best. Hope to see you there!
http://www.thelandofkush.com/

NEW VEG CAFÉ IN CHARLES VILLAGE: We Call It Love Cafe is a cyber vegan & vegetarian juice bar and coffee house. They have vegan cinnamon buns, cake, pie, plus main courses like curry mock chicken, vegan lasagna, and more. 2404 N charles St. Baltimore, Md., 443-847-3656 http://www.vegbaltimore.com/search/?q=%22we+call+it+love%22

FACEBOOK.COM is a free social network that gives us a terrific opportunity to connect with others for mutual support and inspiration. Earthsave Baltimore director Don Robertson posts helpful information on earth friendly food choices each day, and would be happy to add you to his list of friends. Don’s FB page is at facebook.com/earthsaverdon.

HEALTHY BEGINNINGS is Earthsave’s attractive new 28 page guide, which includes recipes and shopping tips, to transitioning to a whole food, plant-based diet. This very helpful book also details Earthsave’s vision for a healthier, sustainable, peaceful planet. If you like, we’ll also send you a free copy of Veg Baltimore’s “Vegetarian Guide” to Baltimore restaurants. Send $3 to Earthsave Baltimore, 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093.

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIP is a great way for you to contribute to our important educational mission. All members may receive a free 12-issue subscription to Vegetarian Times magazine. Folks who attend meetings may check out books from our well stocked EarthSave Library, they may place literature on our networking tables, may make a brief announcement to the group, and receive discounted attendance fees to most Earthsave events. You may join our group online at http://www.earthsave.org/, or you can send a tax-deductible check for $35, or $50 for family membership, or $25 for student or senior, to EarthSave at 517 Talbott Ave. Lutherville MD, 21093. Thanks for your kind support!

PLEASE REMEMBER to be the peace that you wish to manifest. Be well!

EarthSave … May all be fed, may all be healed, and may all be loved.

Baltimore Chapter events http://earthsavebaltimore.org/ Call us at 410-252-3043, or email us at Baltimore@earthsave.org

Earthsave Baltimore Event Update

Hope the approaching holiday season finds you in good spirits and good health. Here is some local event info that we thought you might like to know about.

Our last Earthsave veg potluck turned into a real nice Thanksgiving holiday celebration. About 50 of us enjoyed each other’s company and shared some great thoughts and food. The wonderful live music went on into the night and had Earthsavers shaking their booties! We are real thankful for the gifts of the good vibes & voices of musicians and singers Norm Hogeland, Michael Harris, and Lorna Sampson. And we hope to have them back again before too long.

Our attendees loved the Raw Lasagna that Deanna Cook prepared, and voted it the evening’s favorite in the uncooked category. Deanna is co-owner of the Pizzazz Tuscan Grille restaurant in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and makes sure the Pizzazz menu provides many healthy and tasty choices for her fellow vegans.

Listed below are a few things we thought you might like to know about. We especially hope that you will join us for the Dinner & Discussion at Great Sage restaurant in Clarksville this coming Saturday. Great Sage has generously offered to donate 10% of the entire day’s proceeds to our nonprofit.

The dinner event at Emily’s Café and Desserts should also be fun. The gifted humorist & award winning cartoonist Dan Piraro will be the featured guest.

We know there are many nonprofits doing wonderful work, and we count Earthsave among them. Helping people to make smart food choices is one of the most powerful ways we can affect change for our health, for the planet, and for all those who share it.

Please take a look at the Earthsave membership info. Your tax free donations and memberships can help Earthsave make an important difference in the Baltimore area and in the world.

There are still a few more days before ad copy is due for the Dec./ Jan. issue of On Purpose Woman. A portion of the ad fees from new clients who mention Earthsave will go toward supporting our group. Please reply to this email for more information.

Have a peaceful and joyous holiday season. Hope to see you soon!

Peace, Don Robertson

FREE NETWORKING EVENT: The Towson group of ON PURPOSE NETWORKING FOR WOMEN will have their special annual networking event this Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, from 5-9 pm, and it’s open to everyone. Here's a nice opportunity (and a rare one for guys) to get together with the cool women of On Purpose, many of whom will have table displays for their products and services. All attendees will get a free opportunity to make a brief announcement about themselves, or their products or services. Complementary light refreshments will be provided.

Don Robertson will have a large selection of books for sale, including many Earthsave titles on nutrition and the veg lifestyle, at reduced prices. He will also have lots and lots of former library books, with many health, self help, and spiritual titles at super low prices!

Also, students from The Community College of Baltimore County Massage Therapy Program will be offering seated massage throughout the evening. In lieu of payment for your massage, a donation can be made to The Light of Truth Center, a recovery house for women in Baltimore.

An RSVP is really appreciated so we can plan for food and seating. Please also invite your friends! Here are the details: On Purpose Networking for Women Baltimore County, Wednesday, December 2nd
5:00 - 9:00 PM - Come when you can and stay as long as you can
The Church of the Good Shepherd
1401 Carrollton Ave. in Ruxton (Towson area)

Agenda:
5:00 - 7:00 - Networking, Eating & Visiting Vendors
7:00 - Everyone in attendance can do a short introduction. Then we'll draw for door prizes. You must be present to win. After that we'll continue networking and visiting vendors until 9:00.

Please register by midnight Tuesday, December 1st by emailing ginnyrobertson@comcast.net, or by calling 410-252-2703. Hope to see you there!

EMILY’S CAFÉ & DESSERTS will host, on Friday Dec. 4th at 6 pm, a special event for the benefit of Maryland Votes for Animals. It will be a great time for a great cause and at a great price---only $25 for food, drink and entertainment! Join us---and special guest Dan Piraro (comedian, cartoonist and animal activist, best known for his award winning syndicated cartoon, Bizarro)---for MVFA's first annual holiday party!

The location is is Emily's Cafe and Desserts at 4901 Springarden Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21209. Phone: 443-858-7045. RSVP to www.meetup.com/Maryland-Votes-For-Animals Buy your ticket: http://www.emilysdesserts.com/

DINNER & DISCUSSION AT GREAT SAGE: On Saturday, Dec. 5th, we will have an opportunity to sample the exquisite, totally organic, vegetarian cuisine of Great Sage in Clarksville. Great Sage has generously offered to donate 10% the entire day's proceeds to the volunteer operated nonprofit Earthsave Baltimore, a group that educates and supports people in making the shift toward a whole food, plant centered diet.

We think you will agree that Great Sage is one of the finest vegetarian restaurants in the Baltimore metro area. Please bring friends and family and join us for some great food, fellowship and support! Feel free to drop in any time between 10 am and 9 pm. The discussion period will go from 1:00 until 4:00 pm. It might be a good idea to call for reservations, especially during the discussion time.

Great Sage restaurant shares a large parking lot with Roots Natural Food Grocery and an eco-friendly gift shop called The Nest. Great Sage is located at 5809 Clarksville Square Drive, in Clarksville, Md 21029. Their number is 443-535-9400. But please RSVP to Earthsave Baltimore at 410-252-3043. For menu and more info on Great Sage, see http://www.great-sage.com.

DINNER & DISCUSSION AT MR. CHAN’S: On Wednesday evening, Dec. 16th from 7-9 pm, Baltimore Vegan Meetup Group will get together at their favorite location. Mr. Chan’s, which was voted Baltimore’s Best Veg Restaurant, is the site where the Baltimore Vegan Meetup group gathers for supportive discussion and wonderful food on the third Wednesday of each month in Pikesville. Your RSVP at 410-252-3043 is helpful, though not required. Please join us if you can!

EARTHSAVE VEG DINNER SERIES IN OWINGS MILLS will present, on Jan. 30th, from 6-9 pm, a veg potluck will a live presentation by Sierra Club official Mike Hudak on “Cowboys: Why We Love Them, & How We Let Them Destroy the Earth”. Western ranching is extremely damaging to the natural environment, and is responsible for impacting almost as many threatened and endangered species as logging and mining combined. Mike Hudak, Chair of the Sierra Club Grazing Committee, will tell us how the “cowboy myth” was created, show images of the devastation, and give suggestions as to how we can help steer citizens & lawmakers toward reality. See more info at http://www.earthsave.org/.

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIP is a great way for you to contribute to our important educational mission. All members may receive a free 12-issue subscription to Vegetarian Times magazine and Earthsave’s national bi-monthly newsletter. Folks who attend meetings may check out books from our well stocked EarthSave Library, they may place literature on our networking tables, may make a brief announcement to the group, and receive discounted attendance fees and EarthSave bookstore prices. You may join our group online at http://www.earthsave.org/, or you can send a tax-deductible check for $35, or $50 for family membership, or $25 for student or senior, to EarthSave at 517 Talbott Ave. Lutherville MD, 21093. Thanks for your kind support!

PLEASE REMEMBER to be the peace that you wish to manifest. Be well!

EarthSave … May all be fed, may all be healed, and may all be loved.

Baltimore Chapter events http://earthsavebaltimore.org/ Call us at 410-252-3043, or email us at Baltimore@earthsave.org

Feb/March, '10 Newsletter: Earth-friendly Food Choices

Earthsave Baltimore E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

"Be yourself. Everyone else is taken!”
~ Oscar Wilde~

Hi Earthsaver,

Here’s all the latest info from Earthsave Baltimore. We are a completely volunteer operated nonprofit that helps people make healthier, earth friendly food choices. We have terrific news for you! Earthsave is gearing up for a radio ad campaign, our first, and we are very excited!

Our group will present a series of informational 30-second radio spots, promoting a shift toward plant centered food choices. Of course we are looking for donations to help us foot the bill. We would also like you to help us pick the best possible messages to use. We would really appreciate some feedback from you and as many of your friends as possible, especially from non-vegetarian friends.

Earthsave Baltimore’s 5th annual Earth Friendly Food Choices speaking event will be held in Catonsville on Saturday, May 1st, at the Women’s Club of Catonsville. The featured speakers are both exceptional! T. Colin Campbell, PhD, is the nutritional biochemist and health researcher who directed the Cornell/Oxford/China Health Project, the most comprehensive large nutritional study ever done.

Dr. Campbell will speak on "The China Study: Redefining Good Nutrition" And Bruce Friedrich, who is the Vice President of PETA, will speak on “Veganism: The Only Diet for a Small Planet.” See below for ticket sales information.

We were deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of our friend and fellow Earthsaver Julie Kleinhans. Julie was a great supporter of Earthsave Baltimore, and was one of our most valued volunteers. She generously shared her time and computer expertise. She was especially eager to assist with campaigns to help animals, and frequently attended the Veg Meetup discussion group gatherings at Kathmandu Kitchen in Towson. RIP, Julie! We’ll miss you!

Hope to see you at an Earthsave event soon! Be well!

Peace, Don Robertson

EARTHSAVE VEG DINNER ED SERIES: On Saturday, Feb. 27th, from 6-9 pm, Earthsave will feature a screening of the documentary film “A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World”, by the award-winning documentary filmmaker Lionel Friedberg, in collaboration with Professor Richard Schwartz, president of Jewish Vegetarians of North America.

This documentary reminds us that it is our sacred duty to become aware of current threats and our responsibility to apply Jewish teachings to how we obtain our food, use natural resources, and live among other creatures whom God created. Not only does it offer simple, practical measures for reducing our impact on the planet, it shows how authentic religious responses melded with science can make a major difference in our efforts to reduce global climate change and other environmental threats.

It also challenges people to consider the many moral issues related to our diets, including Torah teachings on how animals are treated on factory farms and the effects on human health and the environment. Although it is primarily intended for a Jewish audience, A Sacred Duty speaks to people everywhere about the ethics of our relationship to the natural world in which we live. (Film runs 62 minutes and contains some graphic footage from slaughterhouses toward the end of the documentary) Please RSVP.

Earthsave Veg Dinner Ed Series events are held at the Learning Center of Your Prescription for Health, at 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills. Guests are asked to bring a dish made without animal products to serve at least five times the number in their party, along with a donation of $5 (members $2). Or guests may attend without bringing a dish for a $12 fee (members $10). Please give 1 day notice if paying for dinner. Please RSVP to Baltimore@earthsave.org or call 410-252-3043, and join us if you can!

5TH ANNUAL EARTH FRIENDLY FOOD CHOICES speaking event will be held at the WOMEN’S CLUB OF CATONSVILLE on Saturday, May 1st, from 5:30 until 9:00. The event will feature two of the most popular and respected speakers that we could hope to present. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, is the nutritional biochemist and health researcher who directed the Cornell/Oxford/China Health Project, the most comprehensive large nutritional study ever done. The New York Times called it “the Grande Prix…” of nutritional research. Dr. Campbell will speak on "The China Study: Redefining Good Nutrition".

Bruce Friedrich, who is the Vice President of PETA, will speak on “Veganism: The Only Diet for a Small Planet.” Bruce has a wonderful way of communicating about food issues from a variety of perspectives, including the spiritual dimensions relating to the way we eat. Bruce spearheaded the PETA campaigns that resulted in landmark reforms in the animal treatment practices of several huge fast food corporations, and was named by Details magazine as one of the five most influential young men in this country.

Complementary light refreshments will be included. Tickets are now on sale for $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. You may order tickets by sending a check or money order to Earthsave, 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093. Or order your tickets online at http://tinyurl.com/yl5h98o

EARTHSAVE HEALTHIER EATING RADIO AD CAMPAIGN & SURVEY: This project is a first for our local Earthsave chapter, and we’re very excited! This radio campaign has the potential to help awaken large numbers of people to the tremendous impact our food choices have on personal and planetary health. The messages will point out the wide-ranging advantages of shifting toward a whole food, plant centered diet.

Ads will run during prime time, 8am-8pm, on four popular Baltimore FM radio stations, 100.7, 104.3, 101.9, and 105.7. Each station will run ten 30-second ads per month, for a total of 120 ads over a three month period. The Natural Brothers Deli, which is across from the Timonium Fairgrounds, is co-sponsoring the campaign.

Your donations can do much to speed the process of getting this important information out to folks. To make a donation, go to http://tinyurl.com/ykuyl97. Or you may send a check or money order to Earthsave, 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093. And please write “Radio Ad Donation” in the “for” box.

Earthsave will use five different messages in this campaign, and you can help us decide which ones to include. Below you will see a list of 16 different messages. We’d like you to pick your top five, the ones that touch you the most deeply and make you want to take greater action on diet and lifestyle. When you’ve made your selections, please email the topic titles to Baltimore@earthsave.org, or leave a phone message at 410-252-3043.

We would especially like to find out which these messages most touch our non-vegetarian friends. So please make a note to that effect you are in the non-veg category. And please forward Earthsave Baltimore’s website link http://earthsavebaltimore.org/ to your friends who may be willing to participate. Thanks for your assistance in moving the important project forward!

Protein, Health, & Fitness: Did you know that a diet consisting of a variety of beans & lentils, fruits & vegetables, whole grains, nuts & seeds has all the proteins people need to be healthy and active? Ask vegan athlete Carl Lewis, winner of 9 Olympic gold medals in track and field, or fellow vegan Ricky Williams, Heisman Trophy winning running back for the Miami Dolphins.

Hunger: Industrialized meat production is very inefficient, and squanders precious resources that could be used alleviate hunger. 80% of American farmland is used to grow grains, beans, and grasses to feed livestock. Our farms could provide for more than 5 times as many people who adhere to a purely plant-based diet.

Climate Change: A recent UN report says that livestock produce more climate-changing greenhouse gases than do all forms of transportation combined. The human appetite for animal flesh is also a driving force behind air & water pollution, erosion, deforestation, and fresh water scarcity. Our meat eating habit poses a serious threat to our future.

Antibiotics: Did you know that antibiotics are routinely fed to chickens, turkeys, pigs, and dairy cows in massive amounts? As a result, bacterial resistance to antibiotic treatment of humans has jumped dramatically since the 1970s.

Milk: Did you know that there is virtually no evidence that drinking two or three glasses of milk a day reduces the chances of breaking a bone? … or that the highest hip fracture rates are found in the countries in which the most dairy products are consumed?

Shrimp & Fish: Did you know that for every pound of shrimp that we take from the ocean for food, we throw back another 20 pounds of mostly dead or dying sea life? And fish are being harvested in much the same way, with devastating results for marine ecosystems.

Dairy Industry: Did you know that a cow on a modern dairy farm will spend nearly all of her short life pregnant, so that milk production and profits can be maximized? The male calves, who are inconvenient by-products of that industry, are taken from their mothers within hours of birth, often to be chained at the neck in one spot for their entire, brief lives.

Erectile Dysfunction: Did you know that physicians are now using male erectile dysfunction (commonly treated by Viagra) as a marker for heart disease? The artery that leads down there can become clogged or damaged, just like any other. It can also be restored to vitality, like any other. Let food be your drug!

China Study: “The China Study” generated massive volumes of comprehensive data, suggesting that the more animal protein we eat, the greater our risk for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, osteoporosis and autoimmune diseases. The director of that ground-breaking study also concluded that the consumption of animal products causes more cancers than does any chemical carcinogen.

Nutritional Needs: Did you know that virtually all vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are created in soil or plants? That's why people who eat only plant foods can obtain plenty of protein, iron, calcium and other important nutrients.

Farm Animals: The vast majority of farmed animals today are raised in appalling conditions, which few of us would want to imagine, let alone experience. The federal Animal Welfare Act offers no protection, because it doesn’t even apply to farmed animals. And the few state laws that exist are often simply ignored.

Chickens: Those who have witnessed the conditions in which chickens are raised and killed can understand why poultry is the most common cause of food poisoning in the home. The Atlanta Journal Constitution interviewed 84 federal poultry inspectors and found that more than two-thirds of them were so concerned that they had stopped eating chickens, themselves.

Egg Industry: You might not know that the egg industry has no use for newborn male chicks, so they are routinely tossed into plastic bags with hundreds of others and left to smother. Free range egg production is no different.

Fishing Industry: Did you know that virtually every species of seafood is either already severely overfished or being harvested at maximum sustainable levels? There's simply no way to balance recommendations to eat more fish with the state of the world's oceans, and certainly not with a world population about to hit 7 billion!

Living Peacefully: We’ve been blessed with bodies that don't require us to take the lives and the freedom of those with whom we share the planet. As we begin to eat and live more simply and sustainably, we bring our lives into greater alignment with our true peaceful nature. We grow in wisdom and share the joy of living with an ever broadening circle of friends.

Chicken Poop: Did you know that the chicken industry on the Delmarva peninsula (that is, the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia, plus all of Delaware) produces 1 million tons of chicken waste every year? It's a primary source of dangerous bacteria, and nutrients that steal oxygen from our waterways. It's no wonder that very little progress has been made on restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

WOMEN’S EXPO AT CCBC CATONSVILLE, always one of our favorite events, will feature more than 200 exhibitors and speakers. The Expo will happen this year on March 13th and 14th , from 11 am until 5 pm. As usual, Earthsave will have an information and book sales table that you will see on your right as soon as you enter the gym. Earthsave Baltimore director Don Robertson will conduct a workshop on benefits and challenges of shifting toward a plant-centered diet. See details below.

The whole Expo speaking schedule of speakers and exhibiters is in the brand new issue of ON PURPOSE WOMAN (look for the Earthsave ads there each month), a free publication that always has lots of good information, ads and articles on personal growth, holistic health, and on being an entrepreneur. It’s available for free in most Baltimore area public libraries. For additional Expo information, please go to http://www.WomensExpomd.com/. Exhibitor and vendor spaces usually sell out several weeks before the event. So if you’re interested, call Patsy Anderson at 410-744-4042. Hope to see you at the Expo!!

A MENU OF LOVE: THE VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE is the title of a workshop (at no extra charge) that Don Robertson will present at the WOMEN’S EXPO in Catonsville on Sunday, March 14th, from 1:00 – 1:30 in the lecture room of the gym. Don, who founded Earthsave Baltimore in 1997, will show us the wide-ranging impact that our food choices have on the environment, our health, and all life on Earth. Don will point to some of the best evidence favoring a shift toward a whole food, plant-based diet. And he will look at some of the toughest barriers we face in making diet and lifestyle changes. Adopting these dietary changes is a powerful way to love this planet and all those who share it. Hope to see you there!

VEGAN PERSONAL CHEF WANTED?: Need for excellent vegan live-out private chef to cook for small family in Baltimore, Maryland. Must have prior experience cooking a variety of vegan meals. Chef must also be vegan/vegetarian! Must also help administrate the household - including running errands, paying bills, coordinating subcontractors for house maintenance. Competitive salary! If interested, please send your contact information to Baltimore@earthsave.org.

MONTHLY VEG MEETUP DISCUSSION GROUPS offer us a chance to gather in more intimate and less formal settings than does the monthly Earthsave potluck Dinner Ed series. Meetups are casual and are held in restaurants over great vegetarian food. Attendance is usually around 8-20 people, and discussions include a wide variety of topics that support people in making healthier choices in diet and lifestyle. There are two different groups, one vegan and one vegetarian. The vegetarian group currently meets on the first Sunday at noon at the Kathmandu Kitchen in Towson, and the vegan group meets on the third Wednesday, at 7 pm, at Mr. Chan in Pikesville. Both groups welcome all who are interested in learning about healthier eating. For details, or to register and let others know you plan to attend, go to http://vegetarian.meetup.com/9/, or to http://vegan.meetup.com/29/.

ABOUT COWBOYS/ VIEW PUBLIC LANDS RANCHING VIDEOS ONLINE: Due to snowy weather and bad road conditions we had to cancel January’s Earthsave meeting in which Sierra Club official and environmental researcher Mike Hudak was going to tell us a lot about Cowboys. We will reschedule that talk. Mike has a website that helps us get a clearer picture of the problems with cowboys. Mr. Hudak has been real active in interviewing grassroots activists and former government personnel about the management of livestock on public lands in the United States. The videos on Mike’s site are based on those interviews. See Mike’s page at http://www.mikehudak.com/Videos/index.html.

21-DAY VEGAN KICKSTART: Low-fat vegan diets are so popular nowadays because they are the easiest way to trim excess weight, prevent diabetes, cut cholesterol, lower blood pressure, prevent and reverse heart disease, and reduce cancer risk. They even trim our carbon footprint. The Kickstart is a free, noncommercial program open to all organizations and individuals. Set up by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Kickstart gives participants menus, recipes, nutrition webcasts, and daily encouraging messages from health authorities and Hollywood celebrities. For more info, see http://tinyurl.com/qyehsd

MONTHLY RAW DINNERS AT ZIA’S IN TOWSON: The monthly raw vegan dinners by Daniella of Zia’s Café / Juice Bar / Catering have gone real well. The next dinner is scheduled for March 12th at 7 pm. Write info@ziascafe.com to join their email list for regular updates. Zia’s is located at 13 Allegheny Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. Phone is 410-296-0799. http://www.ziascafe.com/

BALTIMORE VEGAN DRINKS has been had nice turnouts at Dionysus Restaurant and Lounge, 8 East Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. The events have been especially popular with the Baltimore Animal Rights Advocates Community. Their next gathering will happen on Friday, March 5, at 8:00 pm. They will meet in the downstairs lounge part, and we’ll have a very obvious sign/poster up (by the couches in the back), so you won’t be clueless as to where the vegans are. Contact Vlad at veganvlad@gmail.com for more information.

BEGINNERS ORGANIC GARDENING SEMINAR will be presented by Rick Hood on Monday, Feb. 27th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Great Sage restaurant in Clarksville. The cost is $20 per person. For info call Kate at 301-774-1344, or email kates@rootsmkt.com.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, NONVIOLENCE, & VEGANISM: Monday January 18, 2010, By Doris Lin:
As Martin Luther King, Jr. spread his message of justice and nonviolence, his family took that message to the next logical step and applied it to animals. MLK's son, Dexter Scott King, became vegan after being introduced to vegetarianism by comedian and PETA supporter Dick Gregory. Dexter told Vegetarian Times in 1995, "Veganism has given me a higher level of awareness and spirituality, primary because the energy associated with eating has shifted to other areas." Dexter said that his family, at first, wasn't sure what to think of his new diet. But his mother, Corretta Scott King, later became vegan as well.
(Read full article at http://tinyurl.com/yg33pjz)

ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION does a great job protecting consumers and the environment. And they print a free twice-monthly e-newsletter, which focuses on news related to health, justice and sustainability. You can subscribe by going to http://www.organicconsumers.org/organicbytes.htm.

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIP is a great way for you to contribute to our important educational mission. All members may receive a free 12-issue subscription to Vegetarian Times magazine and Earthsave’s national bi-monthly newsletter. Folks who attend meetings may check out books from our well stocked EarthSave Library, they may place literature on our networking tables, may make a brief announcement to the group, and receive discounted attendance fees and EarthSave bookstore prices. You may join our group online at http://www.earthsave.org/, or you can send a tax-deductible check for $35, or $50 for family membership, or $25 for student or senior, to EarthSave at 517 Talbott Ave. Lutherville MD, 21093. Thanks for your kind support!

PLEASE REMEMBER to be the peace that you wish to manifest. Be well!

EarthSave … May all be fed, may all be healed, and may all be loved.

Baltimore Chapter events http://earthsavebaltimore.org/ Call us at 410-252-3043, or email us at Baltimore@earthsave.org

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