Bhutan, a country located on the Himalayas in south Asia, was recognized worldwide for its national slogan of Gross National Happiness. The country sought to define an indicator that measures quality of life focusing in the psychology of human beings, differing from the commonly used Gross National Product.
Looking for the sustainable development of the country, the Ministry of Agriculture has expressed Bhutan intentions of becoming the “First Green Country” by progressive elimination of agricultural chemicals in the next 10 years.
“Bhutan decided to commit to a green economy given the extraordinary pressure we exert on the planet,” Agriculture Minister Pema Gyamtsho said.
Bhutan has a population of 700,000, of which, about the 60% depend on agriculture.
“If we practice intensive farming, this involves the use of many chemicals, which does not correspond to our Buddhist belief that asks us to live in harmony with nature,” said Gyamtsho.(JP)