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Jakarta Post

Bali declares itself organic, prevents land degradation

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 23 2009   /  01:38 pm

In a move toward developing sustainable natural resources in Bali, hundreds of people, who are concerned with the state of the island's environment and agriculture, on Saturday declared "Bali as an organic island". The declaration, initiated by an agricultural student at Udayana University, aims to raise awareness to recover the degrading quality of farming lands throughout Bali by applying organic agriculture methods. "We as the krama *people* of Bali, are fully aware that we have to manage this small island based on a unified ecosystem, and we have to adhere to the traditional teachings and principles that we inherited from our predecessors," the declaration read. "Organic agriculture is one way to recover the condition of our nature. Therefore, we declare Bali as an organic island." The declaration is supported by environmental groups and several NGOs, farmers, org...