Father Luc Dini, Head, Torba's tourism council shared with The Guardian a list of foods that are usually imported to Vanuatu. Rice, biscuits and tinned fish were among the items that the locals deem as 'junk'. Father Dini admitted the nutritional emptiness of such foods, "It is easy to boil noodles or rice, but they have almost no nutritional value," he told The Guardian.
The island nation sprawls with a variety of locally grown organic produce which makes the necessity of importing processed food items redundant and unnecessary. From a wide variety of seafood to fresh fruits and vegetables, Vanuatu is abundant with indigenous organic varieties. According to the locals, Torba has remained tucked in isolation for long, it is like an unexplored, unsullied haven. People here have radiance of good health and vigour reflecting on their faces, therefore, "we don't want to develop the illnesses that come with a western junk food diet," Dini shared with The Guardian.
The leaders here are pressing for the tourism industry to be co-operative and offer only locally grown produce to visitors and tourists. There have been no such reports on the ban of alcohol imports.
In a world where our news feeds are filled with reports of people dying of lifestyle diseases, it is heartening to see a silver lining in the form of Vanuatu's example. Isn't it apt to say that the locals here have identified the evil in its nascence and acted on time to nip it in the bud?