April 2013

Bhutan goes organic

2013-Apr-22   ::   (0 comments)

Bhutan flag
Bhutan flag

Bhutan plans to become the first country in the world to turn its agriculture completely organic, banning the sales of pesticides and herbicides and relying on its own animals and farm waste for fertilisers.

The Himalayan nation only opened its doors to world influences 30 years ago and now faces many of the development pangs being felt everywhere in rapidly emerging countries. Young people reluctant to live just by farming are migrating to India and elsewhere, there is a population explosion, and there is inevitable pressure for consumerism and cultural change.

Its determination to chart a different path can be seen in its new policy to phase out artificial chemicals in farming in the next 10 years, making its staple foods of wheat and potatoes, as well as its fruits, 100 percent organic.
"Bhutan has decided to go for a green economy in light of the tremendous pressure we are exerting on the planet," said Agriculture Minister Pema Gyamtsho, who believes Bhutan's future depends largely on how it responds to interlinked development challenges like climate change, and food and energy security.

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