His Majesty, Jigme Wangchuck, King of Bhutan explains in this video Gross National Happiness, the principle of at the heart of his reign in Bhutan
Earlier in 2018, I reported the great progress implicit in Pakistan's total ban of Monosodium Glutamate, an effort in which I had a small hand.
To close out 2018, I have some more good and inspiring news, also coming from Central Asia:
Kyrgyzstan is about to become the second country in the world to change their entire nation in to a 100% organic farming!
As a consumer protection journalist and activist, I will make every effort to expand such concepts to other nations, and hopefully, other nations will follow suit, not only banning MSG, but perhaps soon, Aspartame, the other neurotoxic carcinogenic food additive/artificial sweetener made by the Japanese megacorporation, Ajinomoto.
Thirteen years ago, in 2006, I wrote and published and distributed a plan to create a new United Nations Undersecretary General for Nutrition and Consumer Protection, which got an offer to sponsor from India, with 55 nations agreeing to cosponsor, but deputy representatives of the United States Mission to the United Nations killed the plan by threatening to keep India forever off the Security Council. Here is the Resolution, which was published in Sweden and is still alive and well in the site called Red Ice Creations. If you take the time to read it, realize that of course the Secretary General from 2006, Kofi Annan, is gone, both from the UN and from this world. We may have failed in this effort, but it was a good one and good efforts always plant seeds that in due course come to bloom.
A Resolution to Create a New United Nations Undersecretary General for Nutrition
Kyrgyzstan's shift follows Bhutan's 2015 announcement, which will have totally organic food production by 2020, after the phase-out over five years of the remaining non-organic agriculture in the country.
Dastanbek Djumabekov, the Chairman of the Kyrgyzstan Parliament, the Jogorku Kenesh, instructed the government to implement a plan with which the production of agricultural products throughout the country must become 100% organic within ten years. The written order states that farmers should not use any agrochemicals, pesticides (toxic chemicals), synthetic substances, hormones, growth regulators, feed additives, GMOs, antibiotics or other additives other than organic certified products for plant protection and organic fertilizers.
Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country with mountainous terrain, bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east, and its capitol and largest city in Bishkek, with a population of 6 million people. The agricultural sector at 40% is one of the largest economic sectors for Kyrgyzstan.
Control over the implementation of the organic plan is accorded to the Committee on Agrarian Policy, Water Resources, Ecology and Regional Development of the Parliament.
In 2014 Kyrgyzstan also became one of the first countries in the world to ban the cultivation of GM Crops alongside the import and sale of all GMO products. This ban was later changed to allow for low levels of GMO contamination (0.9%) in imports.
The organic movement began in Kyrgyzstan in 2004, and at that time 34 pioneer farmers were engaged in it. Today, Bio Farmer unites more than a thousand of certified farmers and offers organic products such as cotton, sunflower seeds, beans, medical and aromatic plants, and dried apricots. According to experts, organic farming is most suitable to countries with generally small farms, cheap labor and a shortage of capital. Thus, organic farming may become Kyrgyzstan's perfect future