If you always vow to start eating healthier "tomorrow," and really want to nourish your body more mindfully but tend to reach for junk food instead, then you might want to just consider moving to the islands of Torba Province, because the tourism council plans to impose restrictions on the import of western junk food.
According to the Guardian, as a way to preemptively nip a slew of potential health problems in the bud, Torba Province, which is part of the island nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean, is trying to make sure its citizens are all following all-local, organic diets; to help that happen, the islands are banning foreign junk food totally.
Most of the 10,000 people who live in Torba Province are subsistence farmers, which means that there is actually no shortage of locally grown and sourced food; we're talking shellfish, crabs, yams, paw paw, pineapples, taro and fish.
Besides, when foods are imported (rice, tinned fish, sweets and biscuits are among the most popular), Father Luc Dini, a community leader and head of the local tourism council, wants to ensure that the good health of his people remains that way.
"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. We don’t want that to happen here and we don’t want to develop the illnesses that come with a western junk food diet," says Dini.
Torba's aim is to be Vanuatu's very first organic province by the year 2020; and to achieve that goal, Dini and local chiefs are making sure that tourism bungalows serve guests strictly organic and locally grown fare. Additionally, legislation to help enforce the new rules will likely be introduced within a two-year time frame after the importation of junk food ban is implemented.
What do you think of the province's ambitious plan?