Next time you’re considering living a healthier lifestyle, sure, you could choose to hit up your local organic produce store, but why not splurge with a trip to a beautiful South Pacific island instead? Officials in Torba Province, part of the island nation of Vanuatu, have recently been looking to combat potential health problems by banning junk food – and the plan is starting with tourists.
Torba Province is two groups of islands that make up the northernmost province of Vanuatu, a sprawling archipelago about 1,000 miles off the coast of northeast Australia. According to The Guardian, the region is sometimes referred to as the “forgotten province,” but that hasn’t stopped Western diets from finding it. “At the moment we have an infiltration of junk food from overseas,” Father Luc Dini, described as a community leader and head of the local tourism council, was quoted as saying. “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.”