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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
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Sunday, December 04, 2005
Posted 4:50 PM by Luigi
Local foods and health
From the K-P Perspective column in the newspaper Kaselehlie Press, November 24-December 7, 2005.
IFCP-A Group Dedicated to your Health
The K-P Perspective has previously noted that the cures for many of the FSM's health problems are literally hanging on the trees or hiding in the dirt. Now an organization has been formed that will do more to assist you to get the right kinds of foods to eat. The Island Food Community of Pohnpei (IFCP) is a group of people who understand the importance of local food in the diets of all Micronesians. These folks have been arranging community meetings, producing videos, holding workshops, organizing food fairs, and now are working towards the on-island processing of local foods to make it easier to find good, wholesome, agricultural products at the markets. It is anticipated that these foods will find their way onto the dinner tables in many, many Pohnpeian homes. From the table, it is only a short trip by spoon or fork to where these foods can do their best work - in your body.
Prior to the arrival of imported and packaged food into Micronesia, there were few nutrition-related diseases in the island populations. Visit a museum or the Micronesian Seminar and look at some old photographs, you won't find very many fat or obese individuals. The imported foods have dealt a double curse.
First they made it physically easy to get food - no more sweating while working on the farm, or in the taro patch, or paddling canoes, or diving to catch fish. The opportunity for 'productive exercise' has been eliminated. And now with outboards, and cars, and jobs that only require sitting and talking (maybe a little typing), physical activity (that's when you sweat or breath hard) is something that you never have to do.
Second, the nutritional value of many of the imported foods is extremely low, and in several cases it is actually BAD for people to eat the stuff. (Ramen mixed with kool-aid!!!) Imported food is often expensive, and thus for people with limited funds, the imported food that they can afford is cheap and has little nutritional value. Why are turkey tails, and ramen and rice so popular these days? Because there has now been three or four generations brought up on these items, and what is fed to children on a regular basis, they usually grow to like.
So our KP-Perspective hats are off to the IFCP. Keep up the good work! Push for the public to start to eat the things that their grand and great-grandparents ate: breadfruit, yams, taro, bananas (including Karat - the best banana in the world, and the Official Banana of Pohnpei State) and all the rest.
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