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Sustainable Tourism Programme

Tourism Food Value Chain

Sustainable food production and consumption is one of the most important levers to protect planet and people. One reason for this is the constantly and rapidly growing demand for food in a world whose population is expected to grow to over 9 billion people by 2050. At the same time, food producers around the world often do not receive a fair share of the global food trade and in many cases work under poor conditions. Additional pressure comes from greenhouse gas emissions caused by food production, which play a crucial role in climate change. Furthermore, the health aspect of food is a major concern, especially in modern societies, and rapid socio-cultural change raises the issue of protecting food cultures and traditions. While food consumption is considered by most tourists to be an important part of their trip, unsustainable food consumption can cause harm to tourists, locals, and destinations in general. Overuse of scarce resources, excessive food waste, and poor working conditions are some examples of areas where tourist food consumption has negative consequences for a destination.