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The Land of No Gate to Happiness and Good Health, Goes 100% Organic

The Land of No Gate to Happiness and Good Health, Goes 100% Organic

By Hwaa Irfan

Above the maddening descent into economic slavery, contaminate foods, mass mind control entrenched starvation, homelessness, violent protests, counter-revolutions, and take everyone for what they’ve got mentality of the global elite, there still exists a place on this earth where the human being, and the environment that sustains us matters. You only have to earn how to speak Dzongkha if one is thinking about living there.

They rejected the notion of GDP, as the only way to measure a countries progress in 1971 and measure its prosperity on the basis of long forsaken concepts, like happiness, and spiritual, physical, social and environmental well being. In 20 years, they have doubled life expectancy, and almost 100% of its children attend primary school. In such terrain where it is impractical to take up the unhealthy habit of vehicle dependence as the only means of transport, they have a monthly pedestrian day banning all private vehicles from their roads.

If it was not so remote, it would be on the global elite’s map, but the Divine Laws of Nature have been kind to them.

Bordering China and India, only 110 miles from the north to south and 200 from east to west, this small landlocked country high up in the Himalayas is known to is people Druk Yul, “the Land of the Thunder Dragon.” Outsiders know it as the Bhutan.

Blessed with a diverse ecosystem in January 2013 at the controversial Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley announced that Bhutan would be going 100% organic under their National Organic Policy.

Imagine being able to trust what you eat as being good for you, or as reporting Antonio Gucciardi commented:

“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.”

Thinley explained in a statement for those perplexed by such notions

 “By working in harmony with nature, they can help sustain the flow of nature’s bounties.”

Like the world’s first city-state, Sumer (now Iraq) that was based upon farming Bhutan is a society mostly consisting of farmers. We have lost sight of the fact that without unabused healthy land, our well being is heavily compromised. Good food does not come from a factory r a GM seed.

As such, Bhutan’s and is very rich, but as Australian adviser to Bhutan, Andre Leu, pointed out:

“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 kingdom of Bhutan places environmental concerns and spiritual wellbeing over rampant capitalism, and even greet their travellers, and tourists with:

“Life is a journey, complete it”  . . .and. . .  “Let nature be your guide”

Despite being one of the world’s poorest nations in relative terms, the principles of Gross National Happiness are applied throughout governance of the country.

One can see many of the ideas that have been questioningly applied in the global education agenda, meaning global governance has reached Bhutan. In an interview with the Guardian’s Annie Kelly head teacher, Choki Dukpa, explains she observes the difference in the children after 4 years as they make their way to class. Initially, the concept of a green school funded by UNICEF held no meaning for Dukpa. She soon discovered that it was not just about the environment, but about a way of life – a way of life that one might add that is being manipulated by global governance through the global education agenda (e.g. the International Baccalaureate) to dumb down students, and future societies so that they will not question the status quo .

They are taught math, science, agricultural techniques and environmental protection. No waste is allowed – everything is recycled, along with daily meditation sessions.  Dukpa explained to Kelly:

“An education doesn’t just mean getting good grades, it means preparing them to be good people,”

“This next generation is going to face a very scary world as their environment changes and social pressures increase. We need to prepare them for this.”

Bhutan is venerable to the consequences of climate change, and it has already been noted that climate change can undo what they have achieved.

“I want to be able to go out and see the world but then I want to come home to Bhutan and for it to be the same,” says 15-year-old Kunzang Jamso.

“I think we must keep the outside from coming here too much because we might lose our culture, and if you don’t have that then how do you know who you are?”

Sources:

Gucciardi, A “Bhutan to Be First Country to Go 100% Organic” naturalsociety.com/bhutan-to-be-first-country-to-go-100-organic/

Kelly, A. “Gross national happiness in Bhutan: the big idea from a tiny state that could change the world” guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/01/bhutan-wealth-happiness-counts

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