Green Revolution

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What is the Green Revolution?

The green revolution is the road to development and success. It is the pathway taken by countries who are ready to succeed and move forward in all aspects of their countries well-being. In the early 1990's projections showed the number of estimated people would far pass the number of resources available. While population grew exponentially, agriculture grew at a linear rate. There were countless mouths to feed, with no resources to feed them. The green revolution was created by Norman Borlaug a persistent man who stopped at nothing to overcome the battle of hunger. Using the concepts of bio-technology he founded this revolution in 1943. It began on Mexican land, their goal was to alleviate hunger and starvation by improving agricultural techniques and bit-technology. They created genetically modified wheat, rice, corn, and other essential crops to rescue third world countries from the brink of starvation. Which they succeeded in. These crop had a high yield and were disease, and famine resistant. This made farming easier, more reliable, and efficient. The green revolution led to the modernization of agriculture, and has had a tremendous social, economical and political impact.

An example of a country that benefited greatly from this profound revolution.

India was a struggling nation, fighting for survival. They were on the brink of starvation and was dying off one child at a time. India's food supply was a low priority on the British's agenda, so when they became independent in 1947, food security was the number one issue. The lacked the human strength, and were extremely malnutritioned. This awareness led to the start of the green revolution. The green revolution was applied to the period of 1967-1978, and is still used today. The green revolution did not move smoothly at first, because the farmers did not trust the scientists. But after gaining their trust the green revolution changed India's 2 ton export to 6 tons. India today is now one of the leading exporters and produce almost 4.5 million tons. Not only in wheat but in rice as well.

In India there were three concepts used in the green revolution,

1) Continued expansion of farming areas--expanded the areas of farming in India to increase the yield of crops

2) Double Cropping existing farmland--Instead of one crop season per year, there became two after the green revolution

3) Using seeds with improved genetics--developed new strands of high yield value crops

All three of these methods helped India flourish in many aspects of the country. Primarily social, economic, and political.


Mexico used the green revolution for 13 years, and by the end of the 13th year they were completely self-sufficient. Now exporting trillions of crops yearly.


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What the green revolution does!

The genes put into these plants made them shorter, dwarf plants. By being shorter these plants could respond higher to rates of soil nutrients(fertilizers) and were more sturdier(wouldn't fall over as easily). This was revolutionary change that farmers adapted too, it really increased the amount of crop they grew. Tall plants would fall over or break due to not only their size but also with the heavy use of fertilizers, or strong wind/rain. Dwarf plants are more durable, produce a higher yield, and are more insect repellent. Making them the perfect plant.