[permaculture] BBC NEWS | South Asia | Bhutan puts farms before markets

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Thu Aug 18 02:38:06 EDT 2005

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Bhutan puts farms before markets


Shunned global economy

Inspired by their much-loved King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who believes 
that compassion must replace competition, the Bhutanese government has 
shunned the global economy and is protecting the rural economy with 
subsidies and tariffs.

Bhutan hopes to stem the brain drain of its young to the West

They have reversed their school curriculum's urban bias to produce 
"educated farmers" and have given grants to increase and diversify crop 
production and boost traditional crafts.

They have brought electricity and distributed health centres to the very 
remotest regions. They have devolved power to local councils and are 
researching Gross National Happiness as a more inclusive measurement of 
progress than Gross National Product.

Last year 80 scholars from around the world were invited to discuss how 
Bhutan would operate this revolutionary concept.

Internalised into the price of the product, the want to include the 
external costs to people and the environment of goods made with virtual 
slave labour and no environmental standards criss-crossing the globe. 
Only then will local trade be cheaper than global.


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