Mining, modernisation and dietary change among the wopkaimin of papua new guinea

Ulijaszek S.J., Hyndman D.C., Lourie J.A. and Pumuye A. (1987) Mining, modernisation and dietary change among the wopkaimin of papua new guinea. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 20 2: 143-156. doi:10.1080/03670244.1987.9990994


Author Ulijaszek S.J.
Hyndman D.C.
Lourie J.A.
Pumuye A.
Title Mining, modernisation and dietary change among the wopkaimin of papua new guinea
Journal name Ecology of Food and Nutrition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-5237
Publication date 1987-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03670244.1987.9990994
Open Access Status
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 143
End page 156
Total pages 14
Language eng
Subject 2701 Medicine (miscellaneous)
1106 Food Science
2303 Ecology
Abstract This paper examines retrospectively the changes in food and nutrient intake which have taken place over a nine-year period in which the intrusion of a major gold and copper mine has brought rapid socio-economic and ecological change to the Papua New Guinea Wopkaimin population, especially those who now rely upon cash incomes. A small proportion of the population remains subsistence-oriented. Since 1975 taro (Colocasia), the traditional staple, has become less important, and sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) more so. Store-bought and imported western foods are the main sources of energy and protein for the population with cash income. Increased availability of food due to the relatively faster yielding sweet potato staple now cultivated at low elevations, and to the availability of money to buy food with, has resulted in increased energy intakes, but not of protein. Increased body mass of workers and workers' wives is attributed to this increase in energy intake.
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