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February 12 2013

Bhutan set to plough lone furrow as world's first wholly organic country


Bhutan plans to become the first country in the world to turn its agriculture completely organic, banning the sales of pesticides and herbicides and relying on its own animals and farm waste for fertilisers.

But rather than accept that this will mean farmers of the small Himalayan kingdom of 1.2 million people will be able to grow less food, the government expects them to be able to grow more and to export increasing amounts of high quality niche foods to neighbouring India, China and other countries.

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