A nation led by conscientious farmers has taken a giant leap towards the greater well-being of mankind. The Himalayan realm of Bhutan is known as a “happy” nation, and inhabitants now have one more cause for celebration...
The country has taken the initiative to go 100% organic in hopes of setting a positive precedent for the world-stage.
As an American living in a country plagued by deadly diseases, obesity, birth defects, and infertility – largely because of the poison in our processed, chemical-ridden foods – this news couldn't make me more ecstatic... or more envious.
Last month, Bhutan's Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley announced this major organic farming project at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. They're calling it the National Organic Policy focused around the concept of “working in harmony with nature” so they may efficiently “help sustain the flow of nature's bounties.”
This ambitious plan is chalk-full of challenges if they truly want to meet their goal of 100% organic food production by 2020. However, some expert advisers are proceeding fearlessly, confident that the country is on a strong track in the right direction.
Andre Leu, Australian adviser to Bhutan believes the country is perfectly positioned to follow-through with the goal of complete organic farming. He 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.”
Much of the land in Bhutan remains unadulterated from the harsh chemicals used in many other industrial farmland areas. Fortunately for Bhutan, a majority of the country's population already work as farmers for rich farmland in the vicinity.
Many farmers and consumers alike are feeling inspired in response to Bhutan's devotion to producing real food again like we had been doing for thousands of years prior to the profit-boosting chemical-laced crap found in supermarkets around the globe nowadays (thanks a lot, Monsanto).
Nonetheless, it's pretty shameful that we live in a society where untainted foods grown naturally in nature are now on a pedestal of “privilege” and “class.”
From True Activist:
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.