"Then there are the examples that would be less well-regarded if they were more widely known. I didn't mean to write as much as I have, but I know that there is an ongoing popular belief that everything in Armenia is 'naturally organic,' and I believe it is important that people know that this isn't true. There is a difference between factual assertions and emotional or observational assessments, which Alex himself is quick to point out and which is why I would not chime in on any of his cultural observations, which are by their very nature subjective and open to interpretation. I would agree with his observation about the simplicity of the food supply, if we exclude the (often, though not always, imported) highly processed foods available in corner stores and now also in supermarkets. But I think it's important that we not further propagate, intentionally or unintentionally, the erroneous conclusion that whole foods make healthy foods. I once experienced pesticide poisoning from a fetoosh salad in Yerevan that kept me bedridden for a week, and that was as ostensibly healthy and whole a meal as it gets."