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