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Culinate Newsletter September 1 10

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,
 Last week's issue of Time magazine featured a special section about organic food. Many questions arise: Is organic food a good investment? What organic foods are worth the higher cost? Are issues of personal nutrition more or less important than environmental stewardship? And what about taste?

 My father, who made a career in the study of plants — and is a hobbyist in the area of semantics — likes to razz anyone who will listen about the organic label (even as he sometimes purchases food bearing it). All produce, meat, and dairy is 'organic' he insists — that is (to follow the definition on my dashboard dictionary), "of, relating to, or derived from living matter." 

 But that strict definition of organic misses the very real nuances of food that carries the organic label: It's grown with limited pesticides and herbicides; it contains fewer synthetic additives than conventional food; and, if it's animal-based, it's from animals raised without routine use of antibiotics, without growth hormones, and with a generally healthy diet.
 Whether we choose organic or not, it's incumbent upon each of us shoppers to educate ourseves about the food we're buying — and notice that price isn't the only marker of "good value." 

 One key thing, it seems to me, is to cook and eat with intention; to understand the decisions you are making about food. On that note: Jan Chozen Bays, author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food, wrote awhile back in Psychology Today about mindful eating. Worth a read.
 Kim Carlson
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