Helping Bhutan Go Organic
Located on the eastern side of the Himalayas, Bhutan is a tiny country with a population of around 750,000 people. It is known for being one of the happiest nations in the world, and the government puts a heavy emphasis on its unique Gross National Happiness metric, which measures progress through the spiritual, physical, social, and environmental health of its citizens.
It is also the first country in the world on track to becoming 100-percent organic.
For the 14,824-square-mile nation, going entirely organic was not that far of a stretch. The majority of food already comes from small farmers, and agriculture in the country never required much in the way of inputs. It wasnt until the 1980s when synthetic agro-chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides were introduced that things began to change.
In 2011, the country decided to phase out those chemicals. Their goal: to make the entire countrys agricultural system organic by 2020.