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Bhutan to Be First Country to Go 100% Organic

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Analysis
Published: Tuesday 19 February 2013
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is known for a high level of citizen happiness, but it is doing something even more noteworthy in the near future.
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If there was ever a nation that could see the purpose behind organic, sustainable farming, it would be a nation that is composed mostly of farmers. Such a place does exist, and it soon may be the first nation to go 100% organic, paving the way for others to do the same on a global scale.

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is known for a high level of citizen happiness, but it is doing something even more noteworthy in the near future. With Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley making a major announcement regarding the organic farming project at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development which took place last month, the move has made national headlines. It’s called the National Organic Policy, and it is fueled by the simple concept that working ‘in harmony with nature’ will yield the most powerful results — all without sacrificing human health or the environment.

What this comes down to is no GMO, no pesticides, no herbicides, no fluoride-based spray products, no Monsanto intrusion at all, and a whole lot of high quality food available for the 700,000 citizens of Bhutan. Food that, at one time, was simply called ‘food’. In the statement to other policy makers, Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley explained the move:

“By working in harmony with nature, they can help sustain the flow of nature’s bounties.”

Bhutan’s land currently supplys most corn, rice, fruits, and some vegetables, and it is perfectly positioned to begin developing 100% organic farming. In addition to containing a population that is mostly farmers, it also has extremely rich lands that are truly beyond what many consider organic.

Some lands in Bhutan have not even been touched with harsh chemicals of any kind, and traditional techniques are utilized to produce high yields without Monsanto dipping into the pockets of family farmers. This is in sharp contrast to India’s farming community, which has been shafted by Monsanto and subsequently nicknamed the ‘suicide belt‘ due to the rampant suicides that can be blamed in part by Monsanto-induced financial ruin.

Australian adviser to Bhutan, Andre Leu, explains:

“I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult given that the majority of the agricultural land is already organic by default.”

The shift is certainly inspiring, but it also reminds us about the true lunacy of designating foods as ‘organic’ and ‘traditional’ in modern society. These Bhutan farmers are not growing magic beans or enchanted corn, they are growing real food. Actual food as it was grown for thousands of years. It’s only now, with the advent of ways in which we can toxify our crops, do we value organic as if it were some privilege or act of class. When it comes down to it, we just want real food.

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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

How awesome!! But I hope

How awesome!! But I hope their cotton, corn n soy products are not GMO since so much of the world's is!!

Lets hear a cheer for

Lets hear a cheer for economic planning. Here is just one example of its positive effeccts. It wasn't WW-II that cured the American Great Depression. It was the economic planning that the war made necessary.

The counter argument that a free market works best is nonsense. In any real economy, there are absoultely no free makets. People with money are constantly manipulating markets. Advertising manipulates demand. Monsanto manipulates seed supply, etc. ad infinitum. Why should not the government manipulate a market for the benefit of all the people, not just the wealthy few?

When our Good Lord Returns,

When our Good Lord Returns, all things will be normal. Until then we can be true to Him, ourselves and others.

I cannot get excited about

I cannot get excited about Bhutan's organic farming while the hunan rights of ethnic Nepalese are still being violated in that country.

Good to see a whole country

Good to see a whole country stand up for their traditional organic farming. Now if only the larger countries would take note and follow them we might be able to kick these GMO companies out of business. That way we would be able to turn our own farming practices around and get back to basics.

This is wonderful news for

This is wonderful news for Bhutan, and not a moment too soon, for going organic & GMO free is not easy once you let the multi-national corps into an area. Once patented crops are introduced, their pollen spreads everywhere, so you just can't decide one year to go back to planting the seeds your great-grandfather left to you, your crops are going to come up contaminated with the GMO genome, and Monsanto can and will sue you for infringing on their patents. Just ask Canadian organic farmer Percy S., who never even planted any of Monsanto's seed, but was successfully sued by Monsanto when their genome showed up in his crops (pollen from his neighbors' crops blew onto his fields). We need to change the laws around the globe so that the makers of GMO are liable when they let their genome escape into the wild, not the unfortunate folks who never wanted that frankenstein genome in their food.

I was in Bhutan for a month

I was in Bhutan for a month December 2008. Organic is an understatement.

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