Bhutan aims to be world’s first “Wholly organic country”

Bhutan farmers - Photograph: AlamySource: Guardian.co.uk
Bhutan farmers – Photograph: Alamy
Source: Guardian.co.uk

A report from the Guardian on Feb. 11th reads, “By shunning all but organic farming techniques, the Himalayan state will cement its status as a paradigm of sustainability.”

This report in the “Poverty Matters” blog was posted by John Vidal and Annie Kelly.  It begins:

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.

But rather than accept that this will mean farmers of the small Himalayan kingdom of 1.2 million people will be able to grow less food, the government expects them to be able to grow more – and to export increasing amounts of high quality niche foods to neighbouring India, China and other countries.

The decision to go organic was both practical and philosophical, said Pema Gyamtsho, Bhutan’s minister of agriculture and forests, in Delhi for the annual sustainable development conference last week.

To read the full report, click here.

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