The Green Revolution!

Vive la révolution!

What is the Green Revolution anyways?

The Green revolution began in 1943 when Norman Bordlock and other scientists went to Mexico to genetically modify crops to end world hunger. They hoped to end starvation in struggling nations. This worked when those genetically modified crops were given to poorer countries. Those countries started to do better. They later on went to make a crop resistant to many factors like disease, weather, and nutrients.

Some People might ask about the Green Revolution...

What were the causes and results of the Bengal Famine in 1943?

Well, because of low priority and low production of food in India during WWII, many people starved. Some people hoarded some of the food to sell for higher prices also. This caused the Bengal Famine, until the Green Revolution brought salvation.

How would you describe the three basic elements of the Green Revolution in India?

They started to... 1. Use crops that were genetically modified. 2. Double crop existing farmland. 3. Continued expanding farming in some areas. This brought a lot of productivity to farmers and a higher yield than before on less land.

What are two positive results of the Green Revolution in India?

It gave farmers a better way to provide food for their families and to sell. They also were able to eventually sell to outside processors and other markets, but also allowed them to grow almost four times more the amount of crops the could have before, but with the same amount of land.

What are three positive economic, sociologic, or political results of the Green Revolution in India?

This increased irrigation and fertilizers. Gave better advantages to farmers with better yield, control of the land, control of pests, and mechanizing processes. They also had better techniques for preserving the amount of land used.

What are two limitations of the Green Revolution in India?

The Green Revolution brought some potential problems that could arise with the environment because of some of the new methods. The quality of the land also deteriorated faster than before because of overuse.

Also, here are some lists that describe the pros and cons of the Green Revolution in India.


1. Increase in Production / yield.

2. Some of the advantages to their economic situation improving, even small farmers, even though they were late in joining, getting better yield, control on many insects and pests, and mechanizing improvements on working conditions.

3. Better land use by employing two and three crop pattern.

4. Better scientific methods applied as per requirement of farms.

5. New seeds have been developed with better yield and disease fighting capability.


1. Degradation of land: Due to change in land use pattern and employing two and three crop rotation every year land quality has gone down and yield has sufferred.

2. Degradation of land part 2: Due to heavy chemical fertilizer inputs land has become hard and carbon material has gone down.

3. Weeds have increased: Due to heavy crop rotation pattern we do not give rest to land nor we have time to employ proper weed removal system which has increased weeds.

4. Pest infestation has gone up: Pests which we used to control by bio degradable methods have become resistant to many pesticides and now these chemical pesticides have become non effective.

5. Loss of bio diversity: Due to heavy use of chemical pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers we have lost many birds and friendly insects and this is a big loss in long term.

6. Chemicals in water: These chemicals which we have been using in our farms go down and contiminate ground water which effect our and our children health.

7. Water table has gone down: Water table has gone down due to lack of water harvesting systems and now we have to pull water from 300 to 400 ft. depth which was 40 to 50 feet earlier.

8. Loss of old seeds: We have started using new seeds and lost old once since new once give better yield but due to this we have lost many important geens in these seeds.

Continuation of "What is the Green Revolution Anyways?", just if you are curious.

They later on went to make a crop resistant to many factors like disease, weather, and nutrients. Dwarf plants were able to survive longer since they were tougher and would not fall over and has a higher yield. Mexico began to be self sufficient in wheat and later on exported. Norman went to different countries in the Middle East and diffused these techniques. All of the farmers did not always like this idea since they did not trust that the genetically modified crops were as good as they say. Wheat and rice are the major crops that they modified. They brought it to also China, Brazil, South Vietnam, and Turkey. Some consequences were that the techniques used substances and chemicals that hurt the environment. Sometimes the irrigation has people with birth defects and gets those substances in their water. Although this happens, it has helped many people to eat more and better, and produce more from less land. Infrastructure of countries in the 3rd stage in the DTM.

After this, I hope that you learn that the Green Revolution has helped countries in the past, and is still thriving and is needed.