Monday, November 5, 2012

Leaders of the Future

Bhutan is committed to becoming the first modern "hundred percent organic" nation.

Bhutan is a small nation nestled in the Himalayas between China and India. They pan to phase out agricultural chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, etc. by 2022. That's a good sign as many people in the world continue to reject dependence on huge hierarchies.

"Bhutan has decided to go for a green economy in light of the tremendous pressure we are exerting on the planet," Bhutan Agriculture Minister Pema Gyamtsho told AFP. "If you go for very intensive agriculture it would imply the use of so many chemicals, which is not in keeping with our belief in Buddhism, which calls for us to live in harmony with nature."

Bhutan also brought us the idea that the "Gross National Happiness" is more important than the "Gross National Product."