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meganjoy ostermann
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Hi Sergei, and everyone! thanks for being here!
question, I watched a film called Nicaragua Dreaming the other day, about an artist who went to Nicaragua to help impoverished community children express themselves through paint, and make a documentary about their lives. It was strange to see so many people so focused on poverty as a money issue that left them and their children malnourished, while they're surrounded by lush forest that must be full of wild edibles. I googled Nicaragua wild edibles and didn't find much but discovered a Facebook post from you, Sergei, in 2011, saying you were about to journey there to see about their plants. have you published any of your findings yet? did you perceive anything like this social issue there? anywhere else? it would seem that indigenous plant wisdom was seriously destroyed by conquistadors and colonizers;, I don't see why these people would express such ignorance otherwise..
I'm interested in edibles world wide and what we can do to help all people realize that starvation isn't necessary. especially in rainforest climates!!
thanks so much
meganjoy
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Sergei Boutenko
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Dear Meganjoy,

I've been all over the world and have found the same story time and again--people starting in an abundance of food. The biggest reason for this is that people don't think the food around them is food.
Here in the US for example, most people would think you were crazy if you tried to get them to eat dandelions.
The same is true for abroad. People think that they need processed food (bread, sugar, etc) so they beg for food under papaya trees or starve in a sea of miner's lettuce.
I'm trying to change this though. I have found that videos are a great medium for communication with the entire globe.
Through my videos, I hope to raise awareness about wild edibles worldwide and make them more accessible for others.
Since I've started doing my thang, I've noticed a lot more interest. So I look to the future positively!
 
meganjoy ostermann
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that is so so good to hear Sergei!! thank you so much. I strive to join you in your efforts, near or far. I will see if I can get the library to purchase your various works until I have money again
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