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In Bhutan, food production, consumption and market statistics both in terms of quantity and scale impacting the global trend is trivial. However, perceiving it through the lens of ecological footprints merit some relevance in the context of Bhutan. The relatively small population, very few industries, almost negligible air pollution, and the traditional lifestyles largely influenced by Buddhism are attributable to the seemingly low footprint. On the other hand, it is also because very little is known about the potential footprint impacts due to lack of proper data.
Nevertheless, it is essential to understand the emerging development trends and lifestyle changes to get an insight into prevailing pressure on natural capital, and seek wise and timely adaptive measures to deter ramification of ecological foot prints in the years to come. Urbanization and solid waste, changing life style and consumption pattern, loss of fertile land to infrastructure development, and air and water pollution are some of the visible trends at least in urban and industrial estates.
Goal: By 2020, a shift in sustainable food production and consumption encouraged through research, communication and awareness, improving efficiency of production processes; and reducing resource degradation, pollution and waste.