Morning Coffee – 02/22/2013 – Organic Bhutan

Hope for Humanity?

A Mocha coffee

Just a quick cup of coffee this morning, there’s so much to do today. A foot of snow fell in my neighborhood yesterday, and now it’s time to dig out. I just want to share some positive news for your consideration. This little story lifted my spirits. Hope it does the same for you.

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan could be the first country to go 100% organic. (I won’t even go into the irony of labeling real food ‘organic’ and then being required to pay a premium for the real food God made to feed our bodies.) Hopefully this piece will energize your day and uplift your spirits.

Taktshang Monastery, Bhutan Français : Le mona...

Bhutan is a country that is mostly farmers who cannot afford to adulterate their food with chemicals or genetically modified seed.

At the Conference on Sustainable Development last month, Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley  made the announcement about the establishment of the National Organic Policy for his country which would establish guidelines for food production including the following: no genetically modified foods, no pesticides, no herbicides, no fluoride-based spray products.

English: Prime Minister Thinley

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

Bhutan’s land is likely some of the most pristine still remaining on the planet (that isn’t covered by glaciers). That makes it the perfect place to attempt such an incredible endeavor: to produce food the ‘old school’ way: naturally, “organically”. The soil is exceedingly rich, and of a quality that is likely beyond what is labeled ‘organic’ here in the United States. Some of this land has never been touched with chemicals of any kind. Most farmers use traditional techniques that produce high yields without artificial intervention.

Himalayan Landscape in Bhutan

It is rather ironic that for thousands of years, humanity grew real food to nourish their bodies. Now we have to hunt for ‘organic’ food which we pay a premium for if we want to feed ourselves the same quality we took for granted less than a century ago.

Bhutan itself is now importing more of its food than it is exporting, but this initiative could change the landscape for them.

Lotus Foods

One of the few foods Bhutan currently exports to the United States is red rice (Lotus Foods) which is more nutritious and has a nuttier flavor than white rice. Although it does not have organic certification, it has been grown without the use of pesticides or other chemical inputs for centuries…which would meet the standard for the ‘organic’ label here.

Bhutan has had one of the highest happiness quotients in the world for many years. I wonder if it’s due to the clean food they eat? This tiny nation is poised to bring back a critical component of spiritual evolution: clean food.

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The 700,000 people of Bhutan are leading the way for the rest of this world: bring the body back into resonance with the body of the Earth so that one day we may all live in balance with each other. A spark of hope we can all look to, a tiny light shining in the darkness. Bhutan, hopefully the first of many.

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Photo credits: Wikipedia

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