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5.3 The Green Revolution

1 min readmay 1, 2020


Jenni MacLean

Mark Little

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Solving Starvation

There was a growing need around the world to find ways to produce more food in an efficient and effective way.  By being able to produce more food for less cost it would help decrease starvation around the world and help feed more people around the world.
The Green Revolution started in the late 1960’s focusing on increasing agriculture production.  One of the leaders was Norman Borlaug, often called the “Father of the Green Revolution,” who is credited for saving over a billion people from starvation.  He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for using new technologies to create high-yielding varieties of wheat and other grain plants. 

Impacts of Growth

This shift in agricultural practices has had positive impacts, but the strategies and practices have raised new concerns. The use of GMO (genetically modified organisms) plants, new fertilizers, pesticides, and advances in irrigation are some of the new strategies being implemented today that created new challenges. These challenges include pesticides killing good insects for agriculture and harming other wildlife.
Increased farming modernization includes more reliance on petroleum-based fuels, but it has led to increased profits and efficiency. Also, the modernization of farming is a concern because the traditional “family farms” are vanishing. 

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