I watched Parts Unknown – Season 9 – with the late Anthony Bourdain hosting today. They traveled to Antarctica. One of the things that came up was how rarely the people at the South Pole had fresh food.
It’s something I don’t know we consider all that often?
How difficult it can be for people to get their hands on fresh, raw, wholesome materials to eat.
If you live in the western world, the probability is that you have fairly easy access to “fresh food”.
Whether it’s going to the grocery store yourself, using your preferred grocery store delivery service, or Amazon Prime, getting fresh food is simply a matter of time, money and minimal effort.
For most of us, it’s a matter of priority.
But you don’t have to travel to the hiney of the planet to not have easy access to food.
Take food deserts (No, not a typo for the tasty treat! I mean the ‘area devoid of water’ kind)
Food Deserts vs Fresh Food
According to the USDA, food deserts are:
[…] parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods […]
If an area is a food desert, it doesn’t mean it’s devoid of places to find sustenance.
It means that the stores/outlets you have at your disposal are “different”. They do not sell fresh food, whole foods, fruits/vegetables or other healthful foods.
Then, we’ve got the South Pole…
The Antarctic is a true “carry in, carry out” kind of place. Any and all food is freighted in to the various bases on the continent. Garbage is freighted back out again.
It can be by plane, boat or helicopter.
During the “summer” season they get regular visits, so fresh food shows up sometimes.
During the winter season, not so much. The boat arrives, bringing whatever supplies they’ll have just before the season starts.
Then the boat leaves, the “summer crew” leaves, and the remaining people are staying put. The ice is too thick to bring a boat in. The weather too unpredictable and cold to fly often.
They’re living off of frozen food, canned food and dried food.
Makes me happy, in spite of having “only” 1 grocery store within a mile that sells fresh food, I’m living here in the “west”!