VicHealth is reporting that the 5000 strong Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative in Geelong, working with Victoria University (VU) has returned to traditional hunter-gatherer methods to solve food shortages and improve healthy eating.
Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the average Indigenous household income is $460 a week, compared to $740 for non-Indigenous families.
Dr Karen Adams from VU says the rise in the cost of healthy foods has put pressure on Aboriginal families, with many running out of food before their next pay.
She says that the project has:
“a real focus on how you can recreate your culture in a modern colonised world.
It’s about increasing people’s knowledge by planting native foods in community gardens and demonstrating cooking methods that include fish in clay wraps and paperbark, kangaroo, native spinach, native mint and even witchetty grubs..
All of this reinforces cooking as cultural, healthy, social and fun. We want to move away from diets high in sugar and salt content.’’
Wathaurong community project coordinator Jodie Ryshka says:
“The kids are really motivating their parents to buy and cook healthy foods, which is a great sign for the future..
They are noticing that their parents are getting involved in healthy cooking and food, and they ask ‘what did you cook for tea at Wathaurong today?”
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Healthy and fun. A great idea.