In lab with Erin we learned about the idea that there are a lot of people who want their coffee beans grown in Guatemala causing companies to cut down the rain forest in Guatemala to have areas to grow more coffee beans. The environment is one of the key examples to show an anthropologist what is there to understand from the people. If that is the case what is it like for an area that is popular but is having a clear environmental issue?
Ecotourism- tourism directed toward exotic, often threatened, natural environments, especially to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife. (Google.)
The seven wonder of the world, the alluring aesthetics of the rain forest, volcano, etc. The variables that are used to satisfy the needs of the consumer. The economics statues of many area with high tourist levels may also have environmental issues such as deforestation, animal endangerment, unhealthy environmental conditions for the masses. In today’s day in age highly developed areas with have fetishized their ecosystem to a point that they have to destroy areas to reach the caring capacity to hold enough people to get money.
Now places like Rain forest are being cut down to create hotels for tourist to go take pictures of said forest. ecotourism puts a price on the environment that makes it hard to have both economic and environmental stability. And yet it is the tourist that give these area money. Unlike the first world countries, tourist maybe the number one source of national income for third world countries.
We learned that Commodity feistism is the perception of the social relationships involved in production, not as relationships among people, but as economic relationships among the money and commodities exchanged in market trade. So the idea that we get things even though it’s not in season is commodity feistism. This can also be said when it come to touring because tourist seem to always be catered to even when they should not or when it is environmentally not accepting but it still happens because it gives the area money.
These video speak more on the topic of the double edge sword of ecotourism: