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Culinate Newsletter May 11 11

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,

 Richard Louv, who's speaking tonight in Portland, is the author of a couple of books about the negative consequences of us 21st century technophiles turning away from nature — that is, spending time outdoors — because we're too busy on our computers. 

 Louv isn't a pessimist though. "I think that … we could see emerging a new nature movement … blending traditional environmentalism and traditional interpretation of sustainability, along with the food movement," he's quoted as saying in today's Oregonian.

 This doesn't surprise me. When you cultivate an interest in the provenance of your food — where it comes from, how it's grown, who cultivates it — you might start with Google, but eventually that's not enough: Your curiosity takes you outside. You brave the elements to shop at the farmers' market; you visit a farm. You learn to harvest wild foods, fiddleheads, nettles, or, simply, [/articles/firstperson/blackberries berries]. You grow produce, even if it's just a couple of tomato plants, or you raise a few chickens. 

 As Louv points out, leaving the computer to get outside isn't easy. "I have to make myself go on hikes and get outdoors as frequently as I can because I know what it does for me," he says. 

 But when food is involved — tasty, nourishing, beautiful food — there's definitely extra incentive.
 Kim Carlson
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