Bhutan To Be First Country to Go 100% Organic

organic-bhutanIf 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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52 Responses to "Bhutan To Be First Country to Go 100% Organic"

  1. Sam Choi  February 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

    wow! Brilliant!

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  2. Uwe Paschen  February 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Well, several nations who are composed mostly of farmers and agricultural related businesses are not organic and have promoted GMO seeds and use large amounts of pesticides and herbicides. If you try to promote organic management to them they may kill you or ridicule you.
    Such would be true in Canada or Brazil where farmers have caused great harm to the environment and could not care less about what their impact is to future generations.

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    • Eric Friesen  February 27, 2013 at 4:12 am

      Canada is no different than any other country with the people and the government under the controlling influence of ‘Big Corporations’, whether “Big Oil’, ‘Big Ag’, ‘Big Pharma, ‘Big Food’ and/or especially, ‘Big Media’. Corporations control and finely mold ‘Big Government’ to do their bidding; all in the interest of gaining more dollars for the bottom line, the CEOs and the shareholders, while sacrificing the lands, forests, lakes, rivers, streams, as well as the health and well-being of animals and humans alike. There are many who would like to see Canada (and other countries) completely organic and also GMO free, however that would involve wrestling with the ‘Big Snake’. Each of us can only do our own part, in our own way!

    • kitt  April 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      obviously you dont know much about canada, i live in ontario where at the current time the province is attempting to pass a law where things such as antibiotics will no longer be allowed in the food production.
      its called taking things one day at a time.
      and its the factory farmers that are causing harm, not the small local farms

  3. Flawed-StarChild  February 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I need to move there!

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    • Jurriaan  February 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      You need to move, yes, but not geographically.

    • Tamara  March 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Thats exactly what I was just thinking!!!!!!!!

  4. Kait  February 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    There are a lot of people in Canada who are against GMO crops. Choosing organic foods is becoming pretty popular. As well as having ones own garden.

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    • sharedlocus  March 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      A lot of people in Canada are closely following the Liberal leadership race because Joyce Murray’ is advocating a ‘sustainable community’. There’s a good chance she could beat ‘Justin Trudeau’ a celebrity with lots of style but short on substance. If Joyce was to get elected she just may rid the country of Monsanto, their GMO seeds and their chemical fertilizers. We can only hope and work our butt off to make it happen.

    • Kris  May 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      It’s so hard to grow organic in areas where Monsanto has its poison because of cross contamination !! We need to BAN all GMO’s NOW !

  5. slightspirit  February 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Take note ‘advanced agricultural countries’ get rid of monsanto and their ilk before it’s too late!!

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  6. Judy  February 27, 2013 at 1:14 am

    How I wish America would follow in Bhutan’s footsteps – fat chance.

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    • Fede  February 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      obese chance.

    • Sabinaa  March 14, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Ah yes, I wish all countries would follow and go back to common sense basics. There needs to be a movement that calls for humans over money. Our modern processed meat and dairy diets cause us to become sick and fat and the pharmaceuticals and medical industry loves it. It is the consumers who drive this trend! People need to wake up and start living healthy and strong again to put a stop to this sick lifestyle we’ve adopted.

  7. John RYDER  February 27, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Bhutan is also famous as being a non-smoking nation (though tobacco is chewed) and having no traffic lights.

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  8. Antero  February 27, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Hello Bhutan! Sounds like heaven on Earth. Your decision is greatly respectable and your products will be very valuable on the market if you wish to export them. You have real leaders in your country. Be blessed you all.

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  9. KC  February 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    You are really fortunate to have good leaders. Be an example to the whole world.

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  10. Sherry Mecom  February 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    monsanto will NEVER let it happen..sorry..but true

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    • Kris  May 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Carrotmob Certified-Organic and watch Monsanto be deleted !!

    • mike posey  June 21, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Giants can be killed. MONSANTO is a giant.

  11. Karin Björkman  February 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    This makes me happy, I would love to go to Butan <3

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  12. lynn  March 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

    A very blessed country.. may your land remain organic forever and let our next generation have a chance to taste organic produce. Great leader with a vision…

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  13. William  March 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Wonderful! Yet another small nation that takes a big step for the benefit of its people. It’s unfortunate that the bigger countries cannot do the same.

    For those who love organic products, I suggest you join http://www.organics.org – 100% community generated site content.

    And congrats to Bhutan!

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  14. theredpillradio  March 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    GMO/non-organic food is a symptom of a non-organic monetary system. Solution? mtnHours.com type local currency.

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  15. Dean Durocher  March 19, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    AS A PRODUCE MANAGER IN ONE OF NEW YORKS LARGER GROCERY STORES I SEE THE TREND TOO ORGANICS GROWING RAPIDLY THE ONLY PROBLEM I SEE IS THE COST BIG BUSINESS HAVE PUT ON IT DETER PEOPLE WHO REALLY WANT IT NOT TO BUY IT. ITS A SHAME THAT WHEN I GREW UP WE HAD A ORGANIC GARDEN AND THEN IT WASNT EVEN A CONCERN THAT IT WASNT ORGANIC IT WAS JUST ” ALL NATURAL”

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  17. Laila  April 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Clean food and right relations with the earth and agriculture my seem impossible in many places, but let’s be inspired by Bhutan, and by all the good steps that ARE being taken, all over the world. To despair robs us of the will to act and make change. Let us not be lazy, or squabble with each other, but rather open our minds and hearts/pray for/meditate/intend more harmonious possibilities. Let’s support each other. There’s also a lot of good, practical info about this as well, also available on the internet, which is a boon.

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  18. Bianka Banova (@amantine_)  April 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I think it is high time to redefine the word “progress” in our dictionaries. It appears that a small, relatively poor nation like Bhutan is able to take better care of its citizens than most western developed countries. Keep in mind, that Bhutan is the only country in the world to officially outlaw tobacco smoking – most western countries waste money on “wars on drugs”, while one of the most addictive and health affecting drug is legally sold in stores. Talk about paradox.

    At the end of the day, what is more important? Having a healthy and peaceful society, or technologically superior one, where stress violence and sickness are just part of the package?

    My deepest respects to Bhutan’s leaders. They were able to realize that industrialization is not the key to progress, because sooner or later you will have to explain to your children, who won’t be able to farm the land, drink the water or breathe unpolluted oxygen, that industrialization was good for the economy.

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  19. helenka  April 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    No matter how desperate the situation may seem to the awakening ones, this is a great example and that light at the end of a tunnel. What we can really do as individuals in daily practice is choosing wisely every step of the way, besides talking and educating others and our kids. Vote with your fork, every little things counts. Shop locally, cook simply, reduce pollution of our planet, both environmental and spiritual. Feels good to flick the finger at the asking ones this way!

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  20. helenka  April 28, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Again, we cannot all move to Bhutan, as nice as that would be. Remember the: do what you can, with whatever you have, wherever you are at the present moment. That is why we are here.

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  21. ster  May 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    we all should be living in place like bhutan!we all suffer from the greed of some little groups,who lead this world…KILL THEM ALL!

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  22. Kathie Hamilton  May 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    March Against Monsanto is a global project, held world-wide on Saturday, May 25. In Tulsa OK, it will kick off at River Parks, 41st Street and Riverside Drive, at 1pm…and will run until 3pm that day. Later in the evening, our vendors and speakers will participate in the Tulsa Music Festival Downtown, in the neighborhood of 5th and Main Streets. Please come!!! Join us for the opportunity to network with others who are passionate about this issue, purchase organic produce from local farms, and learn more about how the Monsanto Corporation is successfully waging a campaign aimed at controlling the agricultural industry….from its patents, to its policies, to its political strength.

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  23. Brenda Wardall  May 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Inspiring Stuff

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  24. Bernie McIntyre  May 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Being Organic is not just growing your produce without the use of chemicals but also using heirloom seed stocks that have not been genetically modified. Politicians (US Government are Corporate driven) are NOT going to stop GMO and Monsanto, in fact they have been supporting it. It is the consumer who refuses to buy the GM produce that will stop it.

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  25. dkprajapati  May 27, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Well, several nations who are composed mostly of farmers and agricultural related businesses are not organic and have promoted GMO seeds and use large amounts of pesticides and herbicides. If you try to promote organic management to them they may kill you or ridicule you.
    Such would be true in Canada or Brazil where farmers have caused great harm to the environment and could not care less about what their impact is to future generations

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  26. Nitin  June 3, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Bhutan is a magical place. Here’s a beautiful short video from Bhutan about 10 paths to Happiness.

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  27. Nat  June 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    This hasn’t been confirmed by Bhutan government yet

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  28. sai  July 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    what goes around comes around, from natural farming, the world went to pestiside farming to increase production, now coming back to the traditional farming…

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