The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, located in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas, and often referred to as the “The Happiest Place on Earth”, will soon have another reason for keeping that title: the country will be the first to go 100 percent organic in its farming methods.
According to Natural Society, Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley announced the new National Organic Policy last month at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. It means that the country will not allow GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, fluoride-based sprays – and absolutely nothing from Monsanto. That’s the best news I have read in weeks!
“By working in harmony with nature, they can help sustain the flow of nature’s bounties,” said Thinley
The country has been working to be a model for conservation efforts, as it maintains at least sixty percent of its land area under forest cover. It has a rather small economy that is based on agriculture, forestry, and the sale of hydroelectric power to India, and this new effort to go 100 percent organic is sure to make life even better for its 700,000 citizens.
Of course, organic food is what everyone on earth used to eat, so in a way Bhutan is just making sure their food supply stays the way that nature intended it to be. Unfortunately, the majority of the rest of the world isn’t as concerned with the health and safety of the food it eats… and maybe that’s why Bhutan is, indeed, the happiest place on Earth.
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