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An organic nation

Time:2012-12-13 Hits:2501

Bhutan could become a country where a hundred percent of the food grown at home is organic. Or at least this is the aim.
Bhutan’s policies for development certainly look different; for example they measure ‘Gross National Happiness’ rather than Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
It is part of this strategy of doing things differently that is responsible for their new policy to phase out artificial chemicals in farming in the next ten years. ‘Bhutan has decided to go for a green economy in light of the tremendous pressure we are exerting on the planet’, Agriculture Minister Pema Gyamtsho said.

‘We have developed a strategy that is step-by-step. We cannot go organic overnight’, Gyamtsho said. ‘We have identified crops for which we can go organic immediately and certain crops for which we will have to phase out the use of chemicals, for rice in certain valleys for example.’
A previous article featuring the pro-organic and environmental policies of the Bhutan government, and the government and other stakeholders’ support for the PGS model for the country, was published in TOS 108, April 2010.


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