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E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

From: Don R.
Sent on: Saturday, November 14, 2009 11:06 PM
(replies will go to organizer)
Earth Friendly Food Choices

"Courage is not the absence of fear but the realization that something else is more important than fear."
~James Neil Hollingworth~ as Ambrose Redmoon

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. We have some terrific news for you!

One of the most exciting stories we?ve seen in a while was viewed by millions of fans of the Dr. Oz show, an excellent new daily TV program that is all about health. A very unhealthy meat loving cowboy named Rocco had agreed to take Dr. Oz?s advice to go on a vegan diet for 28 days in an attempt to reverse his afflictions which included diabetes, severe heart disease, and obesity. A few days ago we learned that Rocco had been a model patient and had experienced dramatic improvements in his blood cholesterol, weight, waist size, and blood sugar. Rocco looks and feels so much better that his current plans are to stay with the same program, and to help 10 others to make similar commitments to their health. There?s a video link below that will let you see the whole inspiring story.

You may have heard that the 2006 UN Report ?The Long Shadow of Livestock? revealed that livestock operations contribute 18% of global warming greenhouse gases; more than the emissions that come from all forms of transportation combined. A new report from the respected organization Worldwatch states that animal agriculture actually contributes 51% of such gases, more than the combined effects from all other causes! See more information below.

We had a nice turnout for Dietitian Marty Davy?s talk on ?I?m Too Busy & I Don?t Cook?. And as promised she was not only informative, but playful and fun. Our guests took notes, laughed a lot, and seemed to enjoy themselves.

We hope you will make plans to join us for our Pre-Thanksgiving potluck dinner ?Meet ?N Greet Celebration?, our final potluck dinner 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 the evening.

On Saturday, December 5th, we will have an opportunity to get together with other Earthsavers and members of the Baltimore Veg and Baltimore Vegan Meetup groups to sample the exquisite, totally organic, vegetarian cuisine at Great Sage in Clarksville. Great Sage has generously offered to donate 10% of the whole day's proceeds to our Earthsave nonprofit. See why folks rave about the great food and classy atmosphere at Great Sage.

And if you have a product or service you?d like to let folks know about, see the advertising opportunity from On Purpose Woman magazine below, which offers a great way to get the word out and to support the Earthsave group at the same time.

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 a free half-hour consultation with Dietitian Mark Rifkin. We hope that you?ll consider supporting the good work of our nonprofit by becoming an Earthsave member.

On a more personal note, Earthsave Baltimore?s director/ organizer Don Robertson loves connecting with people for mutual support and inspiration on Facebook, and invites you to be his friend, which you can do by joining Facebook and searching for earthsaverdon.

Hope to see you soon! Be well!

Peace, Don Robertson

EARTHSAVE VEG DINNER ED SERIES: On Nov. 21st, from 6-9 pm, Earthsave?s Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck will be a special MEET ?N GREET Veg Dinner Celebration with live music by Michael Harris, Norm Hogeland, Margie Roswell, Lorna Sampson, and Don Robertson. Prizes will be awarded for the two favorite dishes of the evening, one raw and one cooked. There will also be opportunities to help folks get to know each other better.

Earthsave Veg Dinner Ed Series events are held at the Learning Center of Your Prescription for Health, at 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills. Guests are asked to bring a dish made without animal products to serve at least five times the number in their party, along with a donation of $5 (members $2). Or guests may attend without bringing a dish for a $12 fee (members $10). Please give 1 day notice if paying for dinner. Please RSVP to [address removed] or call[masked], and join us if you can!

EARTHSAVE BENEFIT DINNER & DISCUSSION GROUP AT GREAT SAGE IN CLARKSVILLE: Here's an opportunity to sample the exquisite, totally organic, vegetarian cuisine at Great Sage in Clarksville. Great Sage has generously offered to donate 10% of the day's proceeds to the volunteer operated nonprofit Earthsave Baltimore, a group that educates and supports people in making the shift toward a whole food, plant centered diet. This event will be a combined meeting of the nonprofit group Earthsave Baltimore, and the Baltimore Vegetarian and Baltimore Vegan Meetup groups. All three groups are very friendly and supportive, and welcome all those who would like to learn more about a healthier diet and lifestyle. Attendees will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and to suggest a topic(s) for discussion. Guests will order from the menu. For directions and menu, see

NEW RESEARCH ON LIVESTOCK & GLOBAL WARMING: A widely cited 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Livestock's Long Shadow, estimates that 18 percent of annual worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are attributable to livestock?.however recent analysis by Goodland and Anhang co-authors of "Livestock and Climate Change" in the latest issue of World Watch magazine found that livestock and their byproducts actually account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions!

The main sources of GHGs from animal agriculture are: (1) Deforestation of the rainforests to grow feed for livestock. (2) Methane from manure waste. ? Methane is 72 times more potent as a global warming gas than CO2 (3) Refrigeration and transport of meat around the world. (4) Raising, processing and slaughtering of the animal.

Based on their research, Goodland and Anhang conclude that replacing livestock products with soy-based and other alternatives would be the best strategy for reversing climate change. They say "This approach would have far more rapid effects on GHG emissions and their atmospheric concentrations-and thus on the rate the climate is warming-than actions to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy." For more information, see

VIDEO ? VEGAN COWBOY 28 DAYS LATER‏: The popular Dr. Oz daily TV program, about health, recently featured a story in which a very unhealthy and overweight meat loving cowboy named Rocco agreed to go on a 28-day vegan dietary regimen. Well, Rocco dropped 30 pounds while on the program and had some pretty amazing results. View the segment on video at

VRG ANNUAL PRE-THANKSGIVING POTLUCK! - Sun., Nov. 22: The Vegetarian Resource Group's 28th annual Pre-Thanksgiving potluck dinner will happen Sunday, November 22nd at 5:00 pm, and will be held
at the charming and historic North Baltimore Mennonite Church, 4615 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210.
Admission is $4 per adult; children will be admitted free. Please bring a vegan dish that serves four as a contribution from each member of your party. Write the ingredients of your dish on a 3" x 5" card to accommodate guests with special diets. Also, please bring a serving utensil for each dish. Paper plates, cups, napkins, and plastic utensils will be provided; however, we suggest participants please bring their own reusable
dishes and utensils in order to reduce waste. If you are unable to cook, you may bring a prepared vegan dish for four from a local natural foods store or restaurant. We also encourage you to bring a non-perishable vegetarian canned food item to donate to North Baltimore Mennonite Church, who will distribute it to those in need. For more info, call VRG at[masked]-8343.

LIFESTYLE CHANGE MINISTRIES is a 501C3 nonprofit group that was started by our friend, Certified Health Minister Ellin Dize. Weekly classes will start in Reisterstown, MD, on Monday, November 30, 2009 from 6:45 pm - 9:15 pm. The group will discuss health books they will read together, see videos, have real food demonstrations and tasting, and support each other to lead a healthier lifestyle and make new friends. This is an open ended ongoing class, so invite your friends and expect surprise speakers and guests throughout the program; also expect to lose weight and become healthier at your own pace. There?s no fee for registration. $10.00 Love offering each Monday. Parking is free. To register, email [address removed] or call Ellin Dize at[masked]-7440.

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY: ON PURPOSE WOMAN magazine founder and publisher Ginny Robertson 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 Dec/Jan issue of OPW will be out in the first week of December. All ad copy is due by Wednesday, Nov. 25th. Contact Ginny Robertson at [address removed], or call[masked]-2703.

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIP is a great way for you to contribute to our important educational mission. All members 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 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!

VIDEO - GOOD FRIENDS: We love to see videos and stories showing various members of the animal kingdom living joyfully and peacefully together. It gives us hope that someday humans may put aside their differences and do the same. Check out this video featuring an orangutan and hound dog who become the best of pals.

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