Green Revolution and GMOs
Bengal Famine of 1943
Green Revolution in India
Two positive results of the Green Revolution are a record grain output of 131 million tons of two years, which established India as one of the world's biggest agricultural producers, and yield per unit faemland improved by more then 30%.
As a result of the Green Revolution, India was able to pay back its loans it had taken from the World Bank, improving their creditworthiness and creating a more stable economy. The Green Revolution created jobs for agricultural and industrial workers by creating factories and hydro-electric power stations. Also, India transformed itself from a starving nation to an exporter of food. This earned admiration for India in the comity of nations, especially in the Third World.
The Green Revolution in India has limitations. One of which is that India's agricultural output sometimes falls short of demand. Another limitation is that India has failed to extend the concept of high yield value seeds to all crops or all regions.
Human Health Risks and Environmental Impact
Pros and Cons of GMO's
- theoretically better for the environment because it uses less water and soil
- genetic manipulation allows for ability to add nutrients
- faster growth of crop leads to faster output of the product
- cheaper to produce per pound
- "tastes better"
- cramped conditions of livestock are considered inhumane
- increased resistance to antibiotics makes it more difficult to treat disease
- decrease in genetic variation throughout the population
- creates an imbalance in the puberty and reproductive hormones
- GMO's are increasingly toxic