Dec. 2018 News & Events: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Sending you smiles and hugs... Hope you are well, and will join us Saturday evening, Nov. 24th, in Baltimore for great vegan food, live music, and more. We meet at Govans Presbyterian Church, on York Rd, next to the historic Senator Theater in Baltimore. [Please RSVP by Phone or Email and let us know whether you plan to bring food to share.]

Hope you can attend Earthsave’s final potluck event for 2018, our annual “Thanks-Living Vegan Celebration”, a vegan potluck with live music and cooking awards. Attendees will be invited to share an inspiration or reading or success story, or share some thoughts on gratitude. We’ll have live music with singer/songwriters Norm Hogeland, Don Robertson, and John Cunningham, on vocals and guitar, and Alani Sugar on vocals, fiddle and banjo. We’ll also enjoy the music of Louis Eagle Warrior on Native American flute. That’s Saturday, November 24th, from 6:00 until 8:30. It will be a special evening. Please join us if you can.

Dinner Guests may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 (members pay just $2) donation; pay $15 (members pay just $12) to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, then make announcements, and then hear the presentation. Let us know in advance, if possible, if you plan to pay for dinner rather than bring a dish. RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing Meetings are held at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Rd, Baltimore, 21212. Please RSVP and join us!

On Sunday, November 18 - The Vegetarian Resource Group will be hosting their Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck from 5 PM – 7 PM. We’ll enjoy a variety of delicious vegan dishes and good conversation. Cost is $5 per adult (children can come for free) plus bring a vegan dish and a list of the ingredients in your dish to place near your dish. And, if possible, please donate a vegan canned food item at this event that will be distributed to those in need. Event will be held at the North Baltimore Mennonite Church , 4615 Roland Ave, in Baltimore. Hope to see you there!

A big thank you to Jason Schram! His talk on simplicity and De-Cluttering drew a lot of interest and discussion. You can watch the presentation on YouTube at, and the accompanying slides are at You might also like to participate in the next 30-Day Minimalism Game, mentioned in the video. The game starts on November 1st.

Join the Baltimore Vegan Meetup group at Mr. Chan’s in Pikesville, for great food and conversation, this Wednesday, Nov. 21st at 7 pm.

We recently attended the local premiere of the Australian produced animal rights film “Dominion”, which was followed by a helpful Q and A session. Thanks to Heather Brice for the great job she did organizing the event. The film is very well done and very difficult to watch – a no-holds-barred view of what humans put animals through in the high tech, high speed production of meat and dairy. This award-winning documentary, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, is now available without charge on YouTube . The film’s rating is MA 15+, so it’s not recommended for children under 15.

We really enjoyed the Vegan Love Cookout that our friend Jerel, of Jerel Refocused, organized at Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore. Turnout was real nice, great vegan food, and excellent presentations. Jerel formed a 501-C3 nonprofit to help fund the setup of Refocused Vegan , a new Baltimore City restaurant that will opening in early 2019. Restaurant will also host educational events. On Saturday, Dec. 1st, Jerel will host the Second Annual Vegan Mac Fest , a 100% plant-based festival exclusively featuring the area's best Vegan Mac and Cheese. This is not a contest. This is a chance for you to taste and support the area's best varieties of delicious vegan mac and cheese. Children under 13 years old are free with an accompanying adult. Learn more at We hope to see you there!

Milton Mills, MD, spoke for our group several years ago, and did an outstanding, comprehensive presentation on “ Are We Designed to Eat Meat? ”. We were happy to see that VegSource recently posted a well produced video of the same presentation by Dr. Mills. It’s a must see!

Hope to see you at an event soon!

Peace... Don Robertson

On Cholesterol and Heart Disease:
The editor of the American Journal of Cardiology, and Executive Director of Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. William C. Roberts, says that there's only one true risk factor for coronary heart disease - cholesterol. So he’s saying, essentially, that you could be an obese, diabetic, smoking couch potato and still not develop atherosclerosis, the top cause of mortality in the developed world, as long as your blood cholesterol level is low enough. And a whole foods , plant-based diet is the only natural way to achieve this objective.

The simple explanation is that arterial plaques are composed of cholesterol. And if our blood cholesterol level is low enough, we deny the body the building blocks that are required to form them. There’s a great deal of evidence to show that we can make ourselves essentially “heart attack proof” by getting our LDL blood cholesterol level below 70 mg/dL, which translates to a total cholesterol reading below 150. These are the levels we see in populations largely free of heart disease. For more on this, see page 22 of the book “How Not to Die”, by Michael Greger, MD. And see Dr. Roberts’ editorial “It’s the Cholesterol, Stupid!”

A Must Read! Dr. Michael Greger's book "How Not to Die" is an excellent resource for anyone who wishes to avoid or recover from heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and most other common causes of mortality in the developed world. Dr. Michael Greger is an internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of “How Not to Die” examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America--heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more--and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to help prevent and reverse these diseases, freeing us to live healthier lives.

RESTAURANT OUTREACH: Our friend Nancy Poznak has launched BotaniCuisine, a webpage and outreach program that educates and encourages restaurant owners to add plant-sourced products to their menu. BotaniCuisine also offers dining guides and email updates to subscribers to help get the word out about restaurants that offer extensive plant-sourced menu options, and the ones that are moving in that direction. Online guides are available for Baltimore and Frederick areas, and a Columbia list will soon be added. Nancy would like to hear from us so that our favorite restaurants can be listed. Learn more and get on the BotaniCuisine email list at 443-384-7890


FORKS OVER KNIVES PLANT-BASED POTLUCK - COLUMBIA, MD: Our friend Sharon McRae is a health, nutrition, and cooking instructor and coach who organizes the Forks Over Knives plant-based potlucks in Columbia, MD. The events have been a big success, with the most recent potluck attracting a record turnout of 115, who enjoyed some great food and conversation. The group is designed to help people adopt a plant based (vegan) diet with no to minimal oil, salt, or refined sugar. Events are held at the Triadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Clarksville, near Columbia, MD.

DINEKIND: Folks in the Harford County area might like to check out Dinekind Harford Healthy Living. The group promotes a healthful, plant-based lifestyle that is kind to our health, all animals, and the earth, and gets together monthly for a great plant-based potluck, fun, good conversation and to learn about a cleaner, healthier style of living. Bring your favorite plant-based main course, side or dessert, and join the group for a potluck or picnic, or run! Their email is, and the website is at

FACEBOOK DISCUSSION & SUPPORT GROUPS: Connect with like-minded local people for discussion and support on diet and lifestyle or veg/vegan/animal advocacy by joining Earthsave Baltimore group at We also host a very popular and active global Facebook group called Earth Friendly Food Choices. Group now has over 15,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at

"No Meat Athlete - Baltimore" is a Facebook discussion and support group that organizes group runs and other activities. The group now has more than 400 members, and recently set a new attendance record, with 33 runners participating in a Hampden neighborhood run, which was followed by brunch at the Harmony Bakery, on chestnut Street.

ABOUT FIBER: Did you know that meat, dairy, and eggs do not contain fiber, something that is essential for optimal digestion and regularity... So meat, with its toxins and bacteria and chemical and pharmaceutical residue, may stay in our bodies for several days before being excreted, and may contribute to a number of health problems, including diverticulitis and colorectal cancer. Our consumption of meat and dairy has skyrocketed since the end of World War II, and so has the incidence of colorectal cancer, which is now our second most lethal cancer. It's clear that we need to make healthy, fiber rich, plant-based food choices a priority.

VIDEO - "Philip Wollen - Why Animals Should Not Be On the Menu" You won’t want to miss this eloquent and compelling presentation by Australian businessman Philip Wollen.

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.


Ask A Vegan Dietitian! is the only vegan/plant-based group organized and led by a Registered Dietitian. Here you can ask nutrition questions and get solid answers from an RD with years of experience in the vegan lifestyle and at reading and interpreting research, Baltimore's own Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN. Join Mark's great group by going to

NUTRITION FACTS.ORG is a real helpful website that was founded by nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD, who is a wonderful font of information on the latest research on health and nutrition. The info is presented in hundreds of bite-sized topical segments that can be searched and shared. Everything's free. It's strictly noncommercial, strictly science-based, and includes links to all the primary source citations. Subscribe to his daily feed at or follow the site on Facebook and twitter

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

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

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


Food Revolution” by John Robbins; offers well-documented info on the wide range of compelling reasons to adopt plant based diet, including health, ecology, hunger, animal protection, and spirituality.

The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD; provides powerful scientific evidence on the link between diet and the most commonly fatal chronic diseases. The China Health Study is the most comprehensive large study ever completed on the relationship between diet and disease.

Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition” by Vesanto Melina, RD and Brenda Davis, RD, is a popular, comprehensive manual, with recipes, for optimal nutrition at all stages of life.

The World Peace Diet” by educator, pianist, and Zen Buddhist Master Will Tuttle, PhD, who sees the inherent violence in animal agriculture as root cause of oppression, exploitation, spiritual disconnectedness, and war.

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

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIPS help us continue our important educational mission. Members receive a number of benefits, including reduced attendance fees at our monthly dinner series, and the opportunity to make announcements and display literature on our information table at potluck dinners. New members also get a free half-hour consultation with Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. See more on membership at

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