Bush Tucker, Shop Tucker: Production, Consumption, and Diet at an Aboriginal Outstation

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Foraging models have rarely been used to address how behavior is altered by the presence of non-foraged foods. Here, choices of store-bought and hunted foods in one Aboriginal community are analyzed. Hunting occurs frequently, but community residents also purchase food from the shop. Increases in the frequency of hunting certain large and small prey are associated with reduced access to food in the shop. Higher-variance hunt types are not associated with shop purchases, but continue to be acquired due to their cultural significance. The variation in these results highlights the complexity of dietary behavior in a mixed economy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-117
Number of pages20
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Ecology

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