Green Revolution

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Green Revolution refers to a series of research, development, and technology transfer initiatives, occurring between 1943 and the late 1970s, that increased industrialized agriculture production in India; however, the yield increase has also occurred world wide.

The initiatives involved the development of high-yielding varieties of cereal grains, expansion of irrigation infrastructure, and distribution of hybridized seeds, synthetic fertilizers, and pesticides to farmers.

The term "Green Revolution" was first used in 1968 by former USAID director William Gaud, who noted the spread of the new technologies and said,

"These and other developments in the field of agriculture contain the makings of a new revolution. It is not a violent Red Revolution like that of the Soviets, nor is it a White Revolution like that of the Shah of Iran. I call it the Green Revolution."[1]

More recently, researchers have noted (in Ecological Implications of Mini-livestock) that the pesticides kill traditional food insects, ironically protecting a crop that is at best 15% protein (and low-fat) by laying waste to another which is high in protein (75% is typical) and high in fat. Theories that human evolution would not have been possible without nutrient-dense insects are also persuasively presented.


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