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Today on #TravelTuesday we’re talking about C U B A
Cuba draws in a ton of tourists annually for its beaches and culture. But, there’s a huge problem. We’re eating all of the local’s food!
While Cuba’s proximity to the US and general safety make it a great destination for all North Americans, the locals are struggling to access food. Onions, avocados and green peppers, staples in Cuban diet are nowhere to be found for the locals. Why?
4 million visitors descended on Cuban shores last year, a record number in the small country’s history. This caused a massive surge in food demand, one which inevitably had some serious ripple effects. Tourists are being catered to, so the goods that locals depended on are either unavailable or are being sold at soaring prices, making day to day living and eating unaffordable, not to mention unfair, to Cubans. Produce is being sold at the black market in some areas - yes, avocados in the black market.
With ration books given out by the government for locals, there are fears that if nothing is done, food will become a national security issue within the next 5 years. What can be done?
The US has lifted some of their trading bans with Cuba, so the situation is improving. But there’s always more that we, as individuals can do, even though it might not be as clear a path as in some of the other destinations we’ve shared: - Choose another destination. As much as this might thwart plans and desires, as tourists we have a responsibility to travel consciously. Maybe plan to go in a few years when the flood of tourists evens out with the supply of food, but in the meantime, it would be a gracious act to hold back
- If you do go (tourism IS helping the country prosper, it just hasn’t figured out how to equate supply with demand), some things to keep in mind are to reduce water usage. This should be done everywhere, but a shortage of food is also a direct result of a shortage of water.
- Don’t waste food. Resorts offer AYCE menus, but this doesn’t mean you should go overboard. Be mindful of the locals who are struggling to find food.
Have any other tips to share?👇🏽
#forageandsustain at Havana, Cuba