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Can A Country Be 100% Organic?

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Can A Country Be 100% Organic?
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The Kingdom of Bhutan, which sits across the Himalayas, is making a big name for itself. The country has ambitious leaders who plan to make Bhutan the world's first ever 100% organic nation.

Can a country actually be 100% organic? We'll soon find out. According to Grist, Bhutan is halfway there. Most of the country's farmers already rely on organic practices because chemical fertilizers are hard to acquire. Bhutan's main crops are wheat, potatoes and fruits, and many farmers use compost and rotting leaves as fertilizers, according to the AFP.

The plan for making the tiny nation 100% organic will involve phasing out artificial chemicals in farming for the next 10 years. However, there is one small bump in the road. The 100% organic policy will apply to food grown in Bhutan, not imports. Since the country imports rice from India, that means some Bhutanese residents could still be eating food treated with chemicals.

Bhutan, which is sandwiched between India and China, already has a claim to fame. The nation is unique in that it measures its ''Gross National Happiness'' instead of Gross Domestic Product. It has a population of just over 700,000 people, two thirds of which are Buddhist.

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