someone’s pointed out that fresh food in remote communities is a) expensive and b) sometimes unobtainable.


5 responses to “finally…

  1. you mean… they finally realised that it’s better for remote communities to eat bush tucker.

    those deep desert aboriginal people must have lived on something to keep away the scurvy for 40k years… (after all, you don’t see a lot of orange trees in the pilbara)

  2. There are a bunch of bush foods that are high in vitamin C (boabs, the various things that go under the name ‘bush currant’, etc) but because of the relatively high settlement in communities for what hunting/gathering can support, in a lot of places it’s hard to get much bush food without either living on an outstation or having access to a vehicle.

  3. indeed. aboriginal nations were nomadic for a reason.

    surely modern botantists could look for hybridised hi-yield versions though.

    australia has *a lot* of desert. probably time they started thinking like a desert nation (and not a transplanted temperature european one…)

  4. “Nomadic” is a cover term for several different subsistence models. The people I’ve worked with aren’t ‘nomadic’ in the usual sense, but now the area of a single patrilineal estate is supporting about 10 times the number it would have supported in the pre-mission days.

  5. ah, got it. i didn’t have the semantics for the concept.

    but would you agree that modern horticulture might be able to support the increased populations if the correct steps were taken?

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