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October 10, 2012

Bhutan Leads the Way to Organic Nationhood

Isolated Bhutan is perhaps best known for espousing Gross National Happiness.  The Buddhist nation is now seeking recognition as the first country to become 100% organic.

Last month at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley said his government is developing a National Organic Policy because the country’s farmers are increasingly convinced that “by working in harmony with nature, they can help sustain the flow of nature’s bounties.”  Thinley said he wants to make “the ‘raised in Bhutan’ label synonymous with ‘organically grown.'”

“Bhutan has decided to go for a green economy in light of the tremendous pressure we are exerting on the planet,” Bhutan Agriculture Minister Pema Gyamtsho said.… Read the rest