green revolution


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green revolution

A generic term for a constellation of research, development and technology-transfer initiatives that increase agriculture yields around the world, linked to high-yield grains, expanded irrigation, modernised land management, hybrid seeds, synthetic fertilisers and pesticides.

green revolution

the process by which humans have exploited new hybrid varieties of food crops such as barley, rice, maize and wheat to meet their requirements. New varieties have been produced by crossing and selection and by GENETIC ENGINEERING. The green revolution has had particularly dramatic effects on developing countries. For example, wheat yields in Mexico have increased by about 300% since the introduction of a new dwarf variety in 1960. However, the attempts at plant improvements have not always been of benefit to the peasant farmer.
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When we transferred the Green Revolution wheat technology to India, production was 12 million tons a year.
The Green Revolution benefited the wealthy and powerful segments of the populace, concentrated ownership of resources, accentuated the division of labor, and further marginalized the role of women.
The dream of the Green Revolution is fast becoming a reality with the hard work of the farmers in the district of south Bastar (Dantewada) suffering from Naxal violence," said the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister.
The regime was able to get away with crushing the Green Revolution in 2009 because the then US president, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, his secretary of state, declined to support the clamour for political reform.
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This is why, William Gaud of the US had coined the term Green Revolution for indicating that we can, through green plants, achieve higher production through the productivity pathway.
Acknowledging these issues, Bourne points out that "even the geopolitical and national security concerns that drove the first green revolution haven't gone away, while the environmental damage to soil, water, forests, and climate has only grown more dire," noting that "crop yields are now experiencing the classic pressure of diminishing returns that Malthus articulated two centuries ago and that Borlaug himself predicted, while demand for grain from population growth, meat-heavy diets, and biofuels is keeping food prices near record levels and spawning political instability in the poorest countries on the planet.
Most of them firmly believe that there was green revolution in India.
Islamabad -- No nation could achieve sustainable development without ensuring healthy environment and government was working on many initiatives to bring green revolution in the country, observed Mushahidullah Khan, Federal Minister for Climate Change while inaugurating tree plantation campaign at I-10 Industrial Area, Islamabad.
Secretary agriculture while talking about green revolution of the past, stated that a new green revolution was again required to feed the ever increasing population and to increase export of agricultural produce and make country economically strong he added.
Toxic Tears: The Darker Side of the Green Revolution (2011)

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