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Macalester College

Publication Date

Spring 2014

Program Name

Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples

Abstract

This study seeks to provide an overview of organic agriculture in Bhutan. In an effort to promote sustainability and achieve the goals set by a Gross National Happiness inspired government, Bhutan has pledged to go 100% organic by 2020. This pledge is at odds with the country’s goal to increase self sufficiency and food security. I look at the barriers to going organic, the programs and initiatives in place to overcome or mitigate those barriers, and the path of least resistance in the future. I asked farmers, scholars, researchers, and members of the government for their opinions on the prospects of a 100% organic Bhutan. Through their answers, I hope to have identified what prevents Bhutan from becoming organic, what is pushing the movement forward now, and what is most important for the movement in the future.

Disciplines

Agricultural and Resource Economics

 

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