National Geographic : 1938 Nov
©Lieutenant G.I.B.Balfour, R.N. DILIGENT COWS CONVERT TRISTAN'S CHIEF RAW MATERIAL INTO ITS MOST POPULAR DRINK Grass thrives on the bowlder-strewn volcanic soil. Some of the original cattle have gone wild and now herd togetheratthesouthern end ofthe island. Beef, asisall other food, is distributed to families in strict accordance with the number of mouths to be fed. The community councils have approved simple taxation, bywhich apart of all potato crops must be stored away for seed. There being no money, or even "scrip," an agreed scale of payments for services has been prepared. For example, one sheep is the price of cutting and carting six loads of wood; one calf is the price of making a cart or hauling several loads ofkelp for fertilizer.