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E-News: Earth-friendly Food Choices

From: Don R.
Sent on: Saturday, May 31, 2008 7:32 AM
Earthsave Baltimore E-Newsletter:

Earthsave helps people make healthier, earth-friendly food choices by promoting a shift toward a whole food, plant centered diet.

All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others, then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?

Hi Earthsaver,

Hope that all is well, and that you?re now eating healthier than ever! It?s a great time of year to find some tasty new ways to feel good about how we are eating. Here?s an update on some interesting developments and events.

Hope that you can join our Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup group this Sunday, June 1st at noon, at the Kathmandu Kitchen in Towson. The Towson meetings have been gone especially well lately, often attracting 14-16 enlightened eaters. See more info below.

Our Veg Dinner Series May event with Milton Mills, MD, was a real good one! We had a nice large, enthusiastic turnout, and Dr. Mills did a great presentation! Hope you can make it out to Owings Mills for our June 14th dinner event, which will feature a talk about how we can help to get more vegetarian options on restaurant menus. Our speaker will be Erica Meier, the director of one of the fastest growing animal advocacy nonprofits in the country, the DC group Compassion Over Killing.

Erica?s talk will be followed by a group discussion about some of the most effective ways people have found to educate others and communicate messages of compassion and justice for animals. If you plan to attend, please RSVP at [address removed], or call[masked]-3043.

There is still time for you to sign up for Vegetarian Summerfest, a terrific educational conference that will go from June 18th-22nd. And we will gladly help to find you a ride or a passenger to share traveling expenses.

Hope to see you soon! Be well!

Peace, Don Robertson

EARTHSAVE VEG DINNER SERIES, on Saturday, June 14th from 6-9 pm, will host a potluck dinner featuring the talk ?Compassionate Action: Changing Menus & Changing Minds,? by Erica Meier, director of the DC animal advocacy nonprofit group Compassion Over Killing. Join us to learn how you can make a difference for animals in your community by working with restaurants, cafeterias, and other food-related businesses. This presentation will offer tips and strategies empowering you to help get more vegan options into local eateries and encourage them to phase out some of the cruelest animal products from their menus. You?ll also hear success stories to motivate and inspire you to get active for animals.

Erica Meier is the executive director of Compassion Over Killing, a non-profit animal advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Since 1995, COK has worked to end the abuse of animals in agriculture through undercover investigations, public outreach, litigation, and other advocacy programs. Before working at COK, Erica spent four years as an animal control officer in D.C., rescuing sick, injured, and homeless animals as well as enforcing animal protection laws.

DINNER GUESTS are asked to bring a dish made without animal products to serve five times the number in their party, along with a donation of $5 ($2 for members). Or you may attend without bringing a dish for a $12 fee ($10 for members). Please give 2 days notice if paying for dinner. Monthly dinner/lecture events are held on the second Saturday at the Learning Center/Yoga Studio of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills. Please RSVP by email or call[masked]-3043. Hope to see you there!

DIRECTIONS From Beltway 695: Traveling east, take 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/4 mile. Flying Avocado Caf? and "Your Prescription for Health" pharmacy is on the right after Golds Gym. 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.

Great news! As you probably know, one of the best ways in the world to publicize anything is to appear on the Oprah show! Vegan author Kathy Freston, who wrote the book Quantum Wellness was on that popular program a week ago and may well have jump-started a sea of change.

Oprah had already been reading Eckhart Tolle?s book ?A New Earth?, and was beginning to make the connection between what's on her plate and where it comes from. Oprah said that for her "conscious eating" meant being grateful for every bite you take, chewing slowly, appreciating the food, etc. This allowed Kathy to segue into her definition: "The mother of all pillars is conscious eating. It doesn't only make a difference to our own personal health and well-being, but conscious eating means you stay aware of where your food comes from, how the animals are treated, and how the environment is affected by the foods that you eat. You take in the energy of whatever went into creating that food."

This resulted in Oprah agreeing to do Kathy's 21-day cleanse. See Oprah?s blog on how the program is working for her.

It might also be helpful if we will email Oprah and the producers of the show to let them know how much we appreciate their help in passing on this important information.

If you are interested in participating in a supervised 21-day cleanse, Skai Davis, head chef and proprietor of the Yabba Pot Caf? in Charles Village, will be glad to let you know when she will start a new program. Contact Skai at [address removed]. And be sure to ask Skai to put you on her email list. The Yabba Pot frequently schedules educational events.

Another book that speaks very clearly and persuasively on the subject of conscious eating is ?The World Peace Diet?, by the former Zen Buddhist monk Will Tuttle. See Will?s website at

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/lecture series. Meetups are casual and are held in restaurants over great vegetarian food. Discussions include a variety of topics that support people in making healthier choices in diet and lifestyle. There are two different groups, one vegan and one vegetarian. Both groups welcome anyone who is interested in learning about healthier eating. For details, or to register and let others know you plan to attend, go to, or to

VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST ?08 is a big favorite annual educational conference for Earthsavers. On June 18 - 22, the North American vegetarian Society will bring together some of the very best speakers, workshops, food, social activities, and more. It will take place at the Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown, on the picturesque campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA. The campus is a 650-acre mountaintop wildlife preserve with 40 acres of hiking trails. Registrants may attend the entire 5-day conference, or opt for the weekend only. The toughest part for most attendees is trying to decide which of the classes to attend. Daytime schedules normally offer at least 6-7 options.

Conference fees cover the entire educational program, including classes, lectures, workshops and discussions, as well as films, entertainment and use of certain athletic areas. Also covered are vegan meals, with ample variety to suit most any preference, and on-campus housing which includes a twin bed, linen and towels. To learn more, go to There is still time to register early at a discount! Hope to see you there!

TRYING TO BE VEGETARIAN? Want to ?green? your diet? Want to align your diet with values of peace and health? Come to ?Vegetarian Nutrition & Cooking: A Two-Part Series? to be held in Pikesville on June 22 & 29 (two Sundays). The cost is $45 for the series. Topics will include the soy debate, supplements, how to use tofu and tempeh, using beans without "effects", calcium intake, and dessert. Be all you can be---be a healthy vegetarian! This veg nutrition workshop will be led by Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin, who has been vegetarian for more than 20 years. Call Mark at[masked], or write [address removed].

DOCUMENTARY FILM BY JEWISH VEGTARIANS OF NORTH AMERICA: Our planet is imperiled as perhaps never before by global warming and other environmental threats. It is urgent that steps be taken immediately to avoid the unprecedented catastrophe toward which the world is rapidly heading. JVNA has produced a major documentary about how Jewish teachings can help address current environmental crises. You may view the full video and you may request a free DVD from the organization by going to

ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE: Many of us have seen paintings that were done by animals in the past. But we think that this YouTube video of an elephant painting a self-portrait will simply amaze you, and make you wonder how an expression such as ?dumb animals? could have ever come into common use. Go to
VEGGIE PRIDE PARADE: (5,19,08; New York Times) There was a parade on Sunday that brought all manner of people who love flora and defend fauna to the city?s streets. It took place in downtown Manhattan and organizers called it Veggie Pride.

The festivities began at noon in the meatpacking district ? get it? ? and drew about 600 people and at least one vegan dog. To see full article, go to

BEST GAS-SAVING TIP EVER: There are lots of ways to save gas (checked your tires lately?) but the easiest and most effective way is to slow down (just a little bit). When you add up the savings, it's like getting paid to relax.

The Union of Concerned Scientists tells us that dropping from 70 to 60 mph improves fuel efficiency by an average of 17.2 percent. Dropping from 75 to 55 improves fuel efficiency by 30.6 percent! Put another way, in a family sedan, every 10 mph you drive over 60 is like paying 54 cents per gallon more for gas you bought at $3.25 a gallon. (4) That extra cost is even higher for big SUVs and other less-efficient vehicles.

And the time you save by going easy on the accelerator may not add up to as much as you thought. On a 300-mile trip, driving 65 instead of 70 mph would cost you only 20 minutes -- but save money and spew less carbon.

OPTING OUT ON PAPER CATALOGS is a great way to simplify our lives and save precious natural resources. Catalog Choices is a free service that lets you decline paper catalog mailings that you no longer wish to receive. Go to

FREE VEG LECTURES ONLINE: offers a wealth of great information online at You may hear excerpts and full lectures by many of the very best authorities on vegetarian and vegan nutrition and lifestyles in the world. Hope you will check it out!
The Baltimore Vegan Meetup GroupThe Baltimore Vegan Meetup Group
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 quarterly 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, 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!

JUST FOR FUN! Those of us who are rapidly approaching seniorhood will enjoy a good laugh that?s provided by folk musician Tom Rush. Go to

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.

E-mail us at [address removed], or call us at[masked]-3043. And please visit EarthSave Baltimore?s site at and the EarthSave International website at

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