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E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

From: Don R.
Sent on: Sunday, March 22, 2009 3:26 PM
Earthsave Baltimore E-Newsletter: EARTH FRIENDLY FOOD CHOICES
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"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.?

~Albert Einstein~

Hi Meetup Member,

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 support folks in taking the next step toward adopting a whole foods, plant centered diet.

Good things are happening! We had a great response and made many new friends at Earthsave?s information table at the Women?s Expo in Catonsville. And the turnouts at the Meetup discussion groups have grown nicely. The most recent Baltimore Vegan Meetup at Mr. Chan drew a record setting 15 attendees.

We also have terrific news about our fourth annual Earth Friendly Food Choices event, which will feature talks by two of the best in the world! It will happen at the Women?s Club of Catonsville on Sunday, May 24th, Memorial Day weekend, starting at 5:30, and will feature the philosopher, teacher, and Zen Buddhist master Dr. Will Tuttle speaking about his insightful and highly compelling book, The World Peace Diet.

Dr. Tuttle received an encouraging letter from the office of the Dalai Lama, thanking the author for his gift of a copy of World Peace Diet. The Letter pointed out that the Dalai Lama is now prohibiting the serving of meat in his monastery, and that this practice is being followed by all the main Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in India. It is a strong confirmation of the important progress being made in promoting compassion for animals in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Another encouraging development took place shortly before President Obama?s inauguration; A Tuttle colleague who lives in Chicago and works out in the same gym where Obama also used to exercise, saw him on the last day he was in the gym in late December, and gave him a copy of The World Peace Diet! Barack smiled and graciously accepted it! We know that the President is very busy, but do hope he reads the book.

Also featured in Earthsave Baltimore?s big, annual event will be the Executive Director of Earthsave International, Caryn Hartglass, who will speak on ?Our Planet, Our Food, & Our Future.? I heard Caryn do a similar talk a few years ago, and thought it was the very best talk on the subject that I had ever heard! So I?m really looking forward to this event and hope you will be there!

I?ve received several requests, so I?m all set to do another one-hour workshop at Whole Foods in Mount Washington. I call it ?A Menu of Love: The Vegetarian Lifestyle Class.? These classes are informative and lots of fun! I?m also happy to do similar classes for church or community groups, or as brown bag lunch break events for workplaces.

There is info below on a free health seminar emphasizing veg nutrition from a Biblical perspective. It will run from March 22nd ? 24th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reisterstown, MD.

The April/May issue of On Purpose Woman will be available for free in most public libraries in two weeks, and will feature an article that I wrote called ?Veganism, the Sacred Feminine, and World Peace.? Hope you will check it out!

There are lots of other great things coming up, so please read on. And we still need another caller or two to remind folks on our phone list about next Saturday?s event.

Hope to see or hear from you soon! Be well!

Peace, Don Robertson

EARTHSAVE VEG DINNER ED SERIES has monthly events that support people in making healthier diet and lifestyle choices. Dinner on March 28th, from 6-9 pm, will feature Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin who will speak on ?Veganomics: Slicing Our Food Bills the Vegan Way?. Mark Rifkin will show us how we can eat vegetarian/vegan for less. Learn which foods can extend our grocery bills, how to fit in more expensive and prepared items, and where to look for excess "fat" in our budget. Everybody can eat veganomically! Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, holds a Master's Degree in health education & is a Registered Dietitian. He focuses on plant-based diets to prevent and treat chronic diseases and nutritional deficiencies, especially for women, seniors, minority populations, & vegetarians. He's also passionate about eating and living green lifestyles. Please RSVP if you can.

DINNER GUESTS are asked to bring a dish that?s 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 Ed Series events are held on the fourth Saturday at the Learning Center/Yoga Studio of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills. RSVPs will be much appreciated!

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 Caf? 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.

April 25th EARTHSAVE VEG DINNER ED SERIES EVENT on Saturday, April 25th, from 6-9 PM, will feature a talk on AYURVEDIC MEDICINE by Susan Weis, owner of Breathe Books.

4TH ANNUAL EARTH FRIENDLY FOOD CHOICES live speaking event will happen on Sunday, May 24th from 5:30 ? 9:00 pm at the Women?s Club of Catonsville, 10 St. Timothy?s Lane, in Catonsville, MD. The special evening will feature a presentation on THE WORLD PEACE DIET by author WILL TUTTLE, Ph.D. Also featured will be a talk by CARYN HARTGLASS, the Executive Director of EARTHSAVE INTERNATIONAL. Caryn will speak on OUR PLANET, OUR FOOD, & OUR FUTURE. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Seating is limited, and advance registration suggested! Men are Welcome, and light Refreshments are included. Tickets may be ordered online at Or you may send a check or money order to ?EARTHSAVE?, at 517 Talbott Avenue, Lutherville, MD, 21093. You may download a flier for the event at

Dr. Will Tuttle?s book, THE WORLD PEACE DIET: EATING FOR SPIRITUAL HEALTH & SOCIAL HARMONY is the first book to make explicit the invisible connections between our meals and our broad range of problems?psychological, social, and spiritual, as well as health and environmental. It offers powerful ways we can all experience healing and peace and contribute to a positive transformation of human consciousness. WILL TUTTLE, acclaimed pianist, composer, educator, and author, has performed and lectured widely throughout North America and Europe. His doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition in adults, and he has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion, and philosophy. He has a broad background in both Eastern and Western meditation traditions, and is a Dharma Master in the Zen tradition.

Earthsave?s annual event will also feature CARYN HARTGLASS, MS, who will speak on ?OUR PLANET, OUR FOOD, AND OUR FUTURE.? Caryn is the Executive Director of Earthsave International, a nonprofit group that for many years has pointed out the environmental degradation caused by modern, intensive confinement animal agriculture. The UN report of Nov/2006, "The Long Shadow of Livestock", states firmly that livestock operations create more global warming greenhouse gasses than do all forms of transportation combined! Caryn will help us all to wake up to what is happening to our world, and will share some ideas of what we can do to help turn things around. Caryn earned a Masters degree in chemical engineering at Bucknell University, and worked in the semiconductor industry. In addition to her role as Executive Director of ESI, and is the founder and Director of the Earthsave NYC chapter and is the creator of Earthsave TV online video series, GOING GREEN WITH CARYN HARTGLASS. She is also an accomplished semiprofessional singer and actress in musicals and opera.

FREE VEG LIFESTYLE CLASS AT WHOLE FOODS IN MT. WASHINGTON: On Tuesday, April 7th at 7 pm, Whole Foods grocery will offer, in the caf?, the free class ?A Menu of Love: The Vegetarian Lifestyle Class.? Don Robertson will address some of the most common questions, misperceptions, and challenges that arise with regard to a adopting a plant centered diet. As founding director of the nonprofit group Earthsave Baltimore, Don has organized the monthly Veg Dinner Lecture Series for 12 years. He also leads the Baltimore Vegetarian and Baltimore Vegan Meetup discussion groups. This talk will support you in making healthier, earth-friendly food choices. Space is limited. Please pre-register at Customer Service by calling[masked]-6700.

MORE PHONE VOLUNTEERS FOR EARTHSAVE are needed to call the folks on our contact list who don?t have email service. Callers usually contact about 20-25 people (should take less than an hour), and most often just leave a message, which we will send you along with the list of people to call. We like all calls to be completed about a week before our monthly Dinner Ed Series events. If you?d like to help, please write us at [address removed] and include your phone number in your message. Thanks so much!

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. 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. 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 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

FREE HEALTH SEMINAR: The founders of Hallelujah Acres Lifestyle Center will present, on March 22nd - 24th, a simple, Biblical model for health and nutrition, one that emphasizes vegetarian nutrition as described in the book of Genesis. The event will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 109 Main Street, Reisterstown, MD 21136. See Contact Rev. Ellin Dize at[masked] if you have questions.

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY: Ginny Robertson, publisher of ON PURPOSE WOMAN magazine has generously offered to support the Earthsave nonprofit group by donating 25% of all advertising fees of the new accounts of those who mention our group. On Purpose Woman is a free, bi-monthly publication which features great articles and interesting ads on personal growth, health, community service, and entrepreneurship. It?s available in nearly all Baltimore metro area public libraries and other locations, and has a circulation of 17,000. The April/May issue of OPW will be out in the first week of April. All ad copy is due by Wednesday, March. 25th. Contact Ginny Robertson at [address removed], or call[masked]-2703.

THE HUMANE LEAGUE OF BALTIMORE does an excellent job of informing people of the many ways that our society and our laws allow animals to be deprived, mistreated, and subjected to conditions and practices that most people would not like to think about, let alone see for themselves. HLB members are making an important difference for animals, and have recently convinced the owners of several Baltimore area restaurants to no longer serve foie gras, a ?delicacy? that?s made from the diseased livers of force-fed ducks and geese. Vlad Konstantinov organizes the Baltimore Animals Rights Meetup discussion group, which gets together in veg-friendly restaurants. The meetings provide a good opportunity for us to meet some of the dedicated people who are involved with the HLB group. See, and The Humane League of Baltimore is boldly serving the causes of peace, compassion and justice, and deserves our support.

A HANDY NEW BOOKLET: VEGETARIAN GUIDE TO BALTIMORE is now available from Earthsave Baltimore. Those who attend any Earthsave event, information table, or Meetup discussion group are welcome to a free copy of this handy guide to the vegetarian, vegan, and veg-friendly restaurants in the Baltimore area. If you?d like to receive one in the mail, please just send us a small donation of your choice to Earthsave, 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093.

VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST ?09 is a big favorite annual educational conference for Earthsavers. On July 8 - 12, 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 Hope to see you there!

EARTHSAVE?S BI-MONTHLY NEWSMAGAZINE is a great source for up-to-date information on nutrition, health and fitness, activism and political action, book reviews, recipes, and more. Earthsave members receive their copy by mail, but everyone can read it for free online at And feel free to take extra copies, or we will be glad to drop some off if you know of a site where they can be displayed for free pickup.

RECYCLE WITH EARTHSAVE: Please bring your empty inkjet or toner cartridges for recycling to the Earthsave dinners. Our nonprofit group will collect a deposit on all the cartridges that have print heads. We will have a receptacle for them on the free Earthsave information table back in the corner. We also can reuse (even better than recycling) packing materials such as plastic bubblewrap, and bubblewrap mailing envelopes. So please don?t pitch them? save them for us. Thanks so much!

VEGETARIAN FRIENDS, a singles group, meets on the second Sunday of the month, 1 pm, usually in Baltimore area restaurants. Meet for lunch, fellowship, networking, sometimes hiking, and other fun activities. For more information or to find out where the group is meeting each month, contact Omi at (410)[masked] or [address removed].

FIRST SATURDAY VEGAN POTLUCK IN ELLICOTT CITY: Bonnie and Art Sorak host potluck dinners at their home in Ellicott City on the first Saturday of the month from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Please bring a vegan dish to share (store bought is fine) for the number in your party plus 6. Please RSVP via e-mail. There will be iced tea and filtered water to drink. Invite friends and the merely curious. Kids welcome! Contact Bonnie at [address removed]. Call (410)[masked] to RSVP and for directions.

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, 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.

EARTHSAVE helps people make Healthier, Compassionate,
Earth-friendly Food Choices
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EarthSave, Vegetarianism, and Me, by Don Robertson

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