Green Revolution

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Benefits

  • Capable of growing crops on a large scale.
  • Makes plants which are resistant to pests and herbicides.
  • Can replant crops without having to let land fallow.
  • Farmers can grow and export cash crops for profit.
  • Provided relief for areas of famine.

Three Basic Elements

  • Continued expansion of farming areas
  • Double-cropping existing farmland
  • Using seeds with improved genetics

India's Results

  • India became one of the world's biggest agricultural producers.
  • Yield per unit of farmland improved.
  • An increase in industrial growth, created jobs and improved the quality of life.
  • India changed from a starving nation to an exporter of food.
  • India has become one of the world's biggest agricultural producers.

Norman Borlaug & The Green Revolution