The Green Revolution

Anushka Limaye, Furnish, 7th

New in India-New ways of farming may save millions!

The Green Revolution, a revolutionary way of farming, puts an end to the tragic and devastating Bengal Famine. With new technology promoting genetically modified seeds that are tastier, hardier, and less susceptible to disease, this may just be the most radical change India's been through in terms of farming. This new idea also includes extending farmland and double-cropping. This means that instead of having one crop a year, farmers will put irrigation into better use and have two crops a year. The yearly monsoon will support one crop, and the "second monsoon" will support another. Keep reading to discover more about this great new way of supporting the nation.

More information about the Green Revolution:

The Three Basic Elements of the Green Revolution...

The three basic elements of the Green revolution are: continued expansion of farmland areas, double-cropping existing farmland, and using seeds with improved genetics. Continued expansion of farmland was not a striking factor of the Green revolution. However, it was definitely needed. double-cropping existing farmland was a prime factor of the Green Revolution. Instead of having one crop per year(due to the fact that there was only one monsoon a year), it was decided to have two crops a year(by making heavy irrigation a 'second monsoon') The genetically improved seeds were the main scientific factor of the Green Revolution. In order to do this part, the farmers would have to trust scientists to bring them good seeds that would work.

Positives of the Green Revolution:

  • The Green Revolution spurred the growth of the local manufacturing sector, created plenty of jobs not only for agricultural workers but also for industrial workers, and made it possible for India to pay back all of the loans that it had taken out from the World Bank for the purpose of the Green Revolution, thereby proving its creditworthiness to lending agencies.