May/June Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver,

Hope you are well. Earthsave Baltimore welcomes all who are interested in learning a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living. We have lots of great local events and news for you! Hope that you were able to make it to the 6th annual Baltimore VegFest at UMBC. It was another terrific turnout, and we met lots of cool people at the Earthsave tent.

Our big speaking event is almost here - Dr. Will Tuttle will be in Baltimore, and we'll have an opportunity to hear him play piano and speak on Saturday, May 28th at 6 pm in Towson! Dr. Will Tuttle is the author of the best selling book "The World Peace Diet", one of the classics of the veg/vegan movement.

Dr. Will Tuttle earned his doctorate in educating intuition, and has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion, and philosophy. He lectures widely and is an accomplished pianist and composer, who has created a number of much-loved CD albums of original piano music. He is a Dharma Master in the Zen tradition, and is devoted to cultural healing and awakening. Just a reminder that this event will be at our usual location at Towson Presbyterian Church, but will not be a potluck. Please join us for a real special evening!

You might also like to look over the info on the wonderful 5-day Vegetarian Summerfest conference in Johnstown, PA, which will happen July 6 - 10. Many Baltimore Earthsavers, including this one consider Summerfest the highlight of their year!

One other big event, a free one, that we think you will enjoy is the 3rd annual Baltimore Vegan Soulfest, which is a wonderful celebration of food and culture, to be held on August 20th, from noon til 7:00, at Baltimore City Community College. Hope to see you there!

There's a link below to a short video called "Dairy Is Scary", which does a remarkably thorough job of reporting how dairy production works, and what modern day dairy producers put animals through so we can have our milk and dairy products.

Please check our full event schedule at, and join us for the restaurant gatherings for discussions and support with the Baltimore Veg and Baltimore Vegan Meetup groups.

And here's a quick reminder that Ginny Robertson and I have resumed our house concerts music series. Our home provides a comfortable and intimate setting to hear wonderful music and meet and connect with like-minded people. Please join our email list for concert updates.

Be well. Hope to see you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson

Saturday, May 28th, 6-8 pm, SPECIAL SPEAKING EVENT (not a potluck) - Internationally known, best-selling author and educator Will Tuttle, PhD, will speak on "The World Peace Diet" in Towson. Will will deliver an inspirational talk on our food: where it comes from, how it affects us physically, culturally, and spiritually.

Dr. Tuttle will tell us how to make positive changes that promote wellness, encourage wisdom and abundance, and minimize our eco-footprints on the earth. Suggested donation is $10. Event to be held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD, 21204. RSVP and join us!

Saturday, June 25th, 6-8 pm, potluck in Towson: "How to Thrive on a Plant Based Lifestyle". Dr. David Madow is a 60 year old “kid” who never left the playground! He's an expert skier, marathon runner, backpacker and climber whose diet is totally plant based. Dr. Dave, who has been inspiring audiences all across North America, will educate and entertain us with a mix of comedy, music, and true inspiration. Please RSVP and join us if you can!

POTLUCK DINNERS are held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave, Towson. DINNER GUESTS may bring a vegan dish to serve 8, plus $5 donation (Earthsave members just $2). Fee is $15 for those who attend without bringing food ($12 for Earthsave members). Fee is $5 to attend educational presentation only, which usually go from about 7:00 until 8:00 Please RSVP by email to, or by calling 410-252-3043, and let us know if you’re bringing food. Come join us if you can!

Saturday, August 20th, 12:00-7:00 pm 3rd Annual Vegan SoulFest! is a free event, a wonderful celebration of music, arts, and vegan living. Keynote speakers will be Dr. Ruby Lathon, speaking on "Health & Nutrition", and Milton R. Mills, MD, on "The Comparative Anatomy of Eating". Located at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21215. The festival will take place inside the college itself and outside on the college grounds. Dogs not allowed on campus. See more info at and on Facebook 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 14,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at

MUSIC: Don and Ginny Robertson love music and have begun scheduling concerts at their Lutherville home. Guests will enjoy hearing some great music and meet like-minded people. Ginny and Don will provide tasty, complementary vegan snacks. All donations will go to the musicians. Learn more at Please let us know if you'd like to be on their concert series email list. Write


VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST CONFERENCE in Johnstown, PA, will happen July 6 - 10 on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. 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! Attendees have the option to register for full conference or just the weekend sessions. Hope to see you there!

Baltimore Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition is a monthly Meetup group that is hosted by Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. Mark announces the topic of discussion for each meeting. Learn more by going to

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

DR. MICHAEL GREGER’S WEBSITE - NUTRITION FACTS.ORG: is a wonderful font of information on the latest research on health and nutrition, split into hundreds of bite-sized topical segments that can be searched and shared. Everything's free. It's strictly noncommercial, strictly science-based and includes links to all the primary source citations. Subscribe to his daily feed at or follow the site on Facebook and twitter (

Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup Group welcomes all those who would like to talk and learn more about any aspect of the veg lifestyle. The group meets on first Sundays at 12:30 pm at the Mango Grove in Columbia, MD, which offers very tasty Indian cuisine. Their vegetarian buffet is very vegan friendly. The group welcomes all who would like to learn a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living.

Baltimore Vegan Meetup Group gathers at Mr. Chan Szechuan restaurant in Pikesville, MD, on third Wednesdays at 7 pm. Mr. Chan’s menu offers a sumptuous variety with more tasty vegan options than any other local restaurant. Meetings attract a large group of friendly, supportive people.

Baltimore Vegan Drinks hosts monthly social and dinner events in the Baltimore area that you might like to attend. See their event schedule at

Meatless Mondays at Mango Grove Buffet and Benefit are held monthly at the Mango Grove restaurant in Columbia, MD. If you love tasty Indian vegan cuisine, you will want to check out this event. The buffet is all vegan and usually goes from 6-9 pm, and the events benefit the Humane League of Baltimore, a nonprofit that is doing wonderful work to help farmed animals. For information, contact Kate St. John at

Nutrition As Medicine veg/vegan potluck meets twice monthly at Park Heights Community Health Alliance at 4151 Park Heights Ave, and is hosted by Joseph Adams, MD.

Veganism Support Group Meetup schedules a variety of lectures and dinner events, including a monthly vegan potluck that's held on Friday evenings at Govens Presbyterian Church, on 5828 York Rd, in Baltimore, 21212. Learn more at

Columbia MD Forks Over Knives Meetup group presents vegan potlucks hosted by nutrition educator and cooking instructor Sharon McRae. Attendance has grown exponentially in the brief time the group has been together, and often attracts 100 or more guests. Meetings are held at Atholton Church 6520 Martin Road, Columbia, MD.

LEAFLETING OUTREACH efforts are regularly organized by our friend Chris Dietrich, whose approach is very positive, courteous, and respectful. Chris distributes Earthsave Baltimore literature, which we are happy to provide. Chris would love to hear from you if you might like to join him, Vladimir, and others to help make an important difference for personal and planetary health and for animals. You can reach Chris at or by calling 443-261-9679. And we will be happy to provide you with Earthsave leaflets. Just give Don Robertson a call at 410-252-3043.

VIDEO - "A Life Connected" is a terrific, upbeat 12-minute video that explains the vegan philosophy and lifestyle. Excellent for both children and adults!

VIDEO - Dr. Michael Greger: "Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death" is a fascinating and well researched hour long presentation by nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD, who examines the connection between diet and the leading causes of death in the US.

VIDEO - "Earthlings" is a 60 minute presentation, a sobering documentary about the most common ways that animals suffer at the hands of man. It's very well done, though not easy to watch.

VIDEO - "Chicken farmer reveals dirty secrets of the business" is a television report with a chicken farmer and tour of his chicken farm in Fairmont, North Carolina.

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

FULL CALENDAR of EVENTS is available at, where you will find many other local events and resources that promote healthier eating and support people in adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.

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. Don will sign you up online and you’ll receive confirmation from our home office by email. If you join Earthsave online, please send an email with your name and address to, so Don can send you a membership card.

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