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E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

From: Don R.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7:31 AM
Earthsave Baltimore E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices
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?The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes.?
~ Marcel Proust~

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. Once again, we have good news for you!

Hope you were on hand for last month?s Veg Dinner Ed Series event in Owings Mills. We set a new Earthsave potluck attendance record, with 71 people on hand to hear the 2009 update on human nutrition from Michael Greger, MD. Dr. Greger?s presentation was amazing! The information he gathers for his annual nutrition reviews is cutting edge stuff. He pores through and sorts out the many peer reviewed nutritional studies so that we don?t have to. And he presents them to us in a real lively and fun quiz show format.

We were given lots of new information on the preventive and healing powers of dark green leafy vegetables and apples; we learned more about how healthy it is to drink green tea and coco. And there was great news for lovers of unprocessed dark chocolate! We also heard cautionary information about the importance of regularly including good sources of vitamin B-12 in our diet. And Dr. Greger made a strong case for avoiding starfruit and, perhaps most surprisingly, white potatoes!

In case you missed our event and would like to have access to all the information that Dr. Greger shared in his last three annual presentations, see the info below on how to get DVDs of those presentations from Dr. Greger?s website.

Our next Veg Dinner Series meeting, on September 26th, will offer a change of pace. It won?t be a potluck dinner, and will be at a different location than usual. We will meet at Baltimore?s favorite vegan hangout, the Yabba Pot Caf?, on St. Paul Street in Charles Village for a special vegan dinner. It promises to be a fun night. We will hear some interesting stories and anecdotes from poet, author, and humorist Ben Shaberman, whose essays have appeared in the national media, including PBS broadcasts.

Earthsave?s October 24th dinner event will be held at our regular Owings Mills location and should attract lots of attention! Our guest speaker will be Registered Dietician Marty Davey, who was highly recommended by those who heard her speak at Veg Summerfest this year in Johnstown, PA. She will do a new talk for our group; it?s called ?I'm Too Busy and I Don't Cook?. Marty teaches nutrition and cooking classes at one of the top rated spas in the world, and in private practice.

We hope you will make plans to join us for our Pre-Thanksgiving potluck dinner ?Meet ?n Greet Celebration?, our final event of this year, which will happen on November 21st in Owings Mills. Social interaction, live music and fun will be the main course for that evening.

We recently purchased several lightly used copies of the New Becoming Vegetarian, by Registered Dietician Brenda Davis. It?s a highly recommended nutrition guide that normally sells for $22. We are offering the used copies for just $16 each. Please let us know if you?d like us to hold a copy for you to pick up at an Earthsave or Meetup discussion group event.

Earthsave continues to offer a terrific deal on membership, which includes a free 12-issue subscription to Vegetarian Times, reduced admission fees to most events, and much more. We hope that you?ll consider supporting the good work of our nonprofit by becoming an Earthsave member.

Hope to see you soon! Be well!

Peace, Don Robertson

SPECIAL EVENT: BALTIMORE VEG DINNER SERIES on Saturday, Sept. 26th, 6-9 PM, will present DINNER AT YABBA POT CAFE & LIVE TALK ? BEN SHBERMAN: THE VEGAN MONOLOGUES. Author Ben Shaberman will share a few essays from his book, as well as humorous and reflective anecdotes about life as a vegan. He will also lead a discussion on how vegans and vegetarians can more effectively promote their lifestyle and navigate through the treacherous carnivorous world. Street parking is available near the restaurant and is free after 6 pm.

This is a special event at the Yabba Pot Cafe, and is not a potluck. The $12 admission (tip and taxes included) fee includes three selections plus rice. The restaurant is located in Charles Village at 2433 St. Paul Street. Metered street parking is available nearby, and parking is free after 6 pm. Write [address removed] if you?d like to carpool. Please RSVP at [address removed], or call[masked]-3043.

BALTIMORE VEG DINNER SERIES will return to Owings Mills on Saturday, Oct. 24th, 6-9 PM, and will feature Registered Dietitian MARTY DAVEY, who will speak on ?I?M TOO BUSY & I DON?T COOK.? Life on the go doesn't have to unhealthy. Learn how to order out, what to keep in the frig, quick prep foods, and more tips to keep up your energy and trim your waistline when life feels like Beat the Clock.

Marty Davey, MS, RD is a registered dietitian with a Master?s degree in Food and Nutrition from Marywood University, as well as being a nutrition writer and presenter. For three years Marty was the program coordinator of the Sustainable Nutrition and Activity Plan [SNAP!] program at Marywood University, a family weight management program for parents and children who both had a weight management challenges. She coordinated all cooking demonstrations as well as developed curriculum and taught nutrition.

She writes a monthly column for, and Vegan Culinary Experience. Using her 30 years of experience in the entertainment and film industries, she began producing Real Food Doesn?t Come in Boxes ? a series of media presentations encompassing a multitude of health and food issues, including Organic Gardening from the Ground Up [audio CD], Million $$ Nutrition on a Food Stamp Budget and Why do I have Stubborn Belly Fat when I do a Million Crunches a day? [DVDs] She conducts nutritional consultations at The Lodge at Woodloch, a Top 10 US destination spa. The Lodge was #1 for Spa cuisine and cooking demonstrations, including Marty?s cooking demo. Marty also conducts nutrition/cooking weekends and corporate wellness seminars as well as personal and phone consultations. Please join us for Marty?s fun and informative presentation!

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 12-20 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 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

ANIMAL SANCTUARY OPEN HOUSE: Poplar Springs Animals Sanctuary, in Poolesville, MD, near Gaithersburg, will host their 12th Annual Fundraiser and Open House on Sunday, October 4, from 1 pm until 5 pm. You are invited to meet the rescued farm animals and the good people who provide them with loving care and a good home.

This is one of our favorite events of the year! It a great place to meet lots of friendly people. And it?s a place where folks, especially children, can touch and get a close up look at the friendly farmed animals. Last year we saw pigs, cows, horses, goats, sheep, geese, chickens, and turkeys.

Come enjoy a live band, delicious catered food and drink, a fabulous silent auction, clowns and face painting, speakers, and the opportunity to stroll around and visit the rescued animals. No admission fee, but donations (of any amount) are very much appreciated. Hope that you will help to continue the organization's important work of rescuing abused and abandoned farm animals. See RSVP requested.

PRESENTATIONS BY MICHAEL GREGER, MD, ON DVD: Dr. Greger?s presentations of annual updates on human nutrition are always fun and are loaded with great cutting edge nutrition information. Dr. Michael Greger is Director of Human Nutrition and Animal Agriculture with the ?Humane Society of the U.S. Michael?s website offers DVDs of each of the last three year?s presentations. And the last two presentations are in the popular quiz show format, in which viewers can be contestants in a show, and may guess whether various foods and ingredients are either ?Helpful?, ?Harmless?, or ?Harmful?. The proceeds from DVD sales all go to charity. You may order the DVDs at

DR. GREGER?S SWINE FLU DVD AVAILABLE FOR FREE: The World Health Organization (WHO) maintains that billions of people may become infected with swine flu. "This virus travels at an unbelievable, almost unheard of speed," the WHO Director-General was quoted as saying last week, ?The most worrying fact,? according to the Director-General, is ?that 40 percent of the fatalities concern young adults -- in good health -- who die of a viral fever in five to seven days.?

In light of the current situation, last week Dr. Greger released his latest presentation ?Flu Factories: Tracing the Origins of the Swine Flu Pandemic? on DVD. Thanks to the generosity of The Sheepdrove Trust, subscribers to this newsletter can get a free copy of this new DVD by mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope to Michael Greger, M.D., Director, Public Health and Animal Agriculture, Humane Society International, 2100 L St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20037. The envelope should to be at least 6 inches wide (15cm), stamped with at least $1.39 in postage for domestic mail ($2.28 international).

It looks like we may be in for a tough flu season this year. While the focus is understandably on mediating the impact of the current pandemic, by exploring its roots we may be able to lower the risk of future emergences of such viruses.

FARM SANCTUARY'S WALK FOR FARM ANIMALS will happen on Saturday, September 26th. The event will
help raise funds for and awareness about Farm Sanctuary's vital rescue, education and advocacy efforts for farm animals in need. To register for the event or make a pledge of support, contact Jamie Cohen at
[address removed]. Registration is 9:30 a.m., and walk time is 10:30 a.m. Location: Sherwood Parking Lot on Sherwood Avenue. Special Attractions: Come early for coffee, juice and bagels. Join us for lunch at Mr. Chan's after Walk for the best vegan food in Baltimore!

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