Applaud Bhutan for its Commitment to Organic Agriculture

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Target: Bhutan Ministry of Agriculture

Goal: Commend Bhutan on its goal to produce 100% organic food and encourage other countries to do the same

The country of Bhutan has pledged to become the first country in the world to move to a 100% organic agricultural system. The pledge was announced at the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development by Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley, saying the government would be developing a National Organic Policy. To Western ears this may seem impossible. However, agricultural advisers to the Bhutanese government say it is a very achievable goal. The fertilizers and pesticides coveted by conventional farmers as an easy way to increase production and eliminate pests are often not available to Bhutanese farmers, and when they are they are often too expensive. Therefore, much of Bhutanese agriculture is already organic. Buying and eating organic food has gained in popularity because of increased knowledge of the environmental and health benefits organic food. There is still a long way to go, and Bhutanese should be congratulated for their efforts. They will serve as a positive example for many other nations to do the same.

Although much of Bhutanese agriculture is organic by default because of a lack of availability of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, few farmers in Bhutan are certified organic by any third-party organizations. Certification will be the key for Bhutan to be able to export their food as organic. This could be economically beneficial for Bhutan since organic food is in higher demand in wealthier western nations.

There will of course be challenges along the road to a 100% organic agricultural system. There are already cries of resistance among officials within the Ministry of Agriculture and farmers who do use chemical fertilizers. Despite this, there remains overwhelming optimism that the system will work, and Bhutanese farmers will be able to increase their yields using organic methods.

Organic agriculture is beneficial for both the environment and the consumer. Bhutan is the first nation to commit to 100% organic food production. Please sign this petition to thank Bhutan for its pioneering efforts and encourage other nations to do the same.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister of Agriculture,

Your country’s recent announcement of its commitment to a 100% organic agricultural system is commendable. Not only will you be an example to the rest of the world, but you will also be reducing the environmental impact of agriculture and benefiting the health of your citizens and all those who eat your crops. Organic farming is not new to many of Bhutan’s farmers, as chemical fertilizers and pesticides are often unavailable or too expensive. Those who do use them may show some resistance, but your commitment shows a strong will to make a successful conversion.

Although many Bhutanese farmers are organic by default, few are certified organic by any third-party organizations. Certification is key to exportation and possible economic benefits. This will be the next step as your farmers are trained in new methods that will increase their yields without the use of chemicals.

Organic agriculture is beneficial for the environment, the consumer, and the farmer who has the potential to increase his production. By being the first country to commit to a 100% organic agricultural system, you are an example to the rest of the world. Thank you for promoting organic farming.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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