One island is taking its pledge to organic food seriously.
The Torba province in the South Pacific country of Vanuatu has said that it will no longer entertain foreign food in its island within the next two years. This is part of the province’s commitment in going completely organic by the year 2020.
“It is easy to boil noodles or rice, but they have almost no nutritional value and there is no need to eat imported food when we have so much local food grown organically on our islands,” Father Luc Dini explained to The Guardian. Dini is actually both Torba’s community leader and head of the local tourism council. He strongly believes that banning all kinds of imported food in the island would help improve the health and wellbeing of their citizens.
Dini believes imported junk food is unhealthy, results in poor oral health.
In recent times, the people of Torba has had access to a number of imported foods. They include tinned fish, biscuits, sweets and rice. Dini believes this Western diet would not be beneficial for his people. He said he has seen things go badly in other communities. “In other provinces that have adopted western diets you see pretty young girls but when they smile they have rotten teeth, because the sugar has broken down their teeth,” Dini explained.
Island daily diet is rich in seafood.
Typically, the daily diet in this part of Vanuatu consists of fresh fish, shellfish and crabs. There are also yams, paw paw, taro and pineapple readily available on the island. Since last February, Dini has ordered tourism bungalows in the island to only serve organic food locally grown there. According to a report from the Good News Network, all local hotspots in the island have been ordered to do the same.
Dini said that the central government in Port Vila is very supportive of his plan to promote organic eating habits in the island. On the other hand, it remains unclear if the import would affect all alcohol drinks being transported to the island. Nonetheless, Torba’s local kava bars may be ready to cater to any additional demand.