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E- News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Don R.
Group Organizer
Lutherville Timonium, MD
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Earthsave Baltimore E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices
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"Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”
~ Karl Barth~

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 good news for you!

It’s been a while since our last Earthsave potluck gathering, so we are really licking our chops in anticipation of all the wonderful and varied veggie dishes that are likely to show up at our next event, this Saturday, Jan 30th. Hope that you will join us for our first event of 2010; the featured speaker will be Sierra Club official Mike Hudak, who will talk about why Americans revere cowboys so, and how it is that we allow them to cause so much environmental destruction. See all the details below.

Be sure to watch or set your VCR to tape the Oprah show this Wednesday, January 27th. Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore’s Dilemma, and other best selling books, will talk about where our food comes from.

Earthsavers had a fun time at our final 2009 event, the Pre-Thanksgiving annual Meet ‘N’ Greet celebration, with wonderful live music from Lorna Sampson, Michael Harris, Norm Hogeland, and myself, Don Robertson. We all got together for a sing-along at the end and rocked on into the night!

The Earthsave fundraising day on Saturday, December 5th, at Great Sage in Clarksville, also went well, despite the snowy weather that surely kept some of our friends home. Thanks again to Great Sage for their generous donation!

And there’s more good news from Great Sage: that very classy restaurant now features an all-vegan, all organic menu, which will make it real easy for those who wish to enjoy meals derived entirely from the plant kingdom. If you haven’t experienced the wonderful veggie cuisine of Great sage, you might like to make a day of it by including a shopping trip to Roots Natural Food Market, which is in the same complex. Also check out the Nest, right next door to Great Sage. The Nest is a socially responsible gift & clothing boutique, supporting independent artists, fair trade importing, organic farming & recycling.

Earthsave Baltimore’s 5th annual Earth Friendly Food Choices speaking event (not a potluck) will be held on Saturday, May 1st, from 5:30 until 9:00, at the Women’s Club of Catonsville. There will be two featured speakers for the event, one of which will be a real Earthsave favorite, Bruce Friedrich, who is the Vice President of PETA. He will speak on “Veganism: The Only Diet for a Small Planet.” Our other featured speaker will be announced soon.

Another real exciting project - we are working on developing a series of informational 30-second radio spots, promoting a shift toward plant centered food choices. Hope to have more info for you soon!

If you have a product or service you’d like to let folks know about, please 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.

Now might be a good time to notify our employer that you would like to take a few days off, from July 7th – 11th, to enjoy one of the finest educational gatherings available. The North American Vegetarian Society will present this year’s Veg Summerfest, which is likely to feature some of the best speakers you will ever hear, As always, we especially look forward to Dr. Michael Greger’s newest report of “the Latest in human Nutrition.”

For those who would like to help educate and support others in making healthier food choices: Facebook offers folks a terrific opportunity to connect with others for mutual support and inspiration. It’s a wonderful way to get to know others and their friends real quickly, and find out about their musical tastes, favorite books, movies, activities, quotes, etc. If you go on Facebook, please add Earthsaverdon (me) as your friend. And feel free to forward to your Facebook friends any of the information updates that I post about healthier, compassionate, earth-friendly food choices.

Another other way that we can support ourselves and others is to join the Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup, the Baltimore Vegan Meetup group, or both. And if you join the email list of those groups, you will occasionally receive updated info on local restaurants and events, potlucks at member’s homes, information on food bargains, and more. If you have a question about a recipe, a juicer, a health condition, food ingredients, humane mouse traps, or any aspect of the veg or vegan lifestyle, you may send it to the group’s email list, and you will most likely receive a helpful and courteous reply within a few hours.

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.

Hope to see you soon! Be well!

Peace, Don Robertson

EARTHSAVE VEG DINNER ED SERIES: On Saturday, Jan. 30th, from 6-9 pm, Earthsave will feature Sierra Club official Mike Hudak, speaking on “Cowboys: Why We Love Them, & How We Let Them Destroy the Earth”.
Western ranching is extremely damaging to the natural environment, responsible for impacting almost as many threatened and endangered species as logging and mining combined. Yet criticism of ranchers and cowboys—the perpetrators of this destruction—is hard to find. Few national environmental organizations speak about the issue. And some of these organizations even have a rancher on their boards.

Why do we love cowboys so much? Mike will give a brief history from the 1880s to the present as to how the "Cowboy Myth" was created, and has subsequently "brainwashed" several generations of Americans as to the unquestionable virtue of these people. There are far reaching consequences of all this—implications involving personal choices for what we eat, which consumer products we purchase, and even which politicians we elect.
We'll then have a reality check on the benevolence of ranchers with a brief look at the environmental damage that ranching inflicts. Mike Hudak will conclude with actions that are underway to curtail ranching's worst environmental abuses, and will have a few suggestions for what people can do to help. More event info is at http://earthsavebalti...­ Please RSVP.

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 or call 410-252-3043, and join us if you can!

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 all who are interested in learning about healthier eating. For details, or to register and let others know you plan to attend, go to http://vegetarian.mee...­, or to http://vegan.meetup.c...­.

DON ROBERTSON RADIO INTERVIEW: Earthsave Baltimore founding director Don Robertson was recently interviewed by Twentieth Century Radio host Dr. Bob Hieronimus, of Ruscombe Mansion. Don talked about healthier eating & his work with Earthsave and the Baltimore Vegetarian and Vegan Meetup discussion groups, and all about promoting a shift toward plant based food choices. Listen at­ Don’s segment is midway thru the recording.

SPEAKING EVENT AT GREAT SAGE: Join us on Saturday, February 6th, at Great Sage for a Vegan Dinner Celebration with Farm Sanctuary's President, Gene Baur. Dinner is at 8 pm; talk at 9 pm. Reservations required. Call 443-535-9400 to register. There will be dinner and dessert specials for you to love, and — just in time for Valentine’s Day — a raffle of eco-friendly gift baskets to benefit Farm Sanctuary. Or, buy a copy of Gene’s book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food, and have it signed by the author! http://www.great-sage...­

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