Bhutan may well be on its way to becoming the first country in the world to go wholly organic in its food production as its authorities are committed to rid the country of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The people of Bhutan are hopeful about achieving the goal and are looking for practical natural solutions to the pest and diseases problems that still affect a few crops. Some experts in Bhutan have criticized the authorities for being overly optimistic, given the farmers’ increasing reliance on chemical fertilizers.
However, those who do not agree with this position insist that the trend is in the opposite direction. Farmers, they believe, get quite excited when they use chemical fertilizers for the first time because it reduces their work to a great extent. But over time they see the negative consequences of chemical fertilizers and are likely to stop using it. In Bhutan, around 70 percent of the produce is already grown without chemicals.