The not so Green Revolution
The Green Revolution and critisims
The Green Revolution is based off of the principle of using hybrid crops with the use of inorganic fertilizers and pesticides to create a greater food supply. The biggest step in the green revolution came in 1963. Norman E. Borlaug a scientist was called to India by the minister of agriculture to help India abate an immediate famine (Fueling). This was a good thing for the people of India. Food production grew exponentially. India avoided famine. Norman Borlaug won the noble prize for his efforts.
Unfortunately the Green Revolution is not so green. The green revolution relies heavily on pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. The pesticides run into the ground water and the fertilizers make the crops more susceptible to draughts. Also some of the genetically modified food is lower in nutrition content than the native varieties. Also lands that were first cultivated at the start of the Green Revolution have found that the productivity of the land has fallen (Green Revolution). Also another common criticism is that the Green Revolution is that poor substance farmers are unable to buy the expensive fertilizers. In addition the Green Revolution never took off in Africa like scientist said it would. Organic farming never has the problems the Green Revolution has had. Organic farming does not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Also organic farming productivity increases after a while, not decreases like in the Green Revolution.