Green Revolution Essay

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When humans first started to farm we began an assault on our environment. This may seem like a bad thing but it has allowed us to prosper in ways we would never have though imaginable. When settlers first came to the new world, they relied on time preserved methods of farming to survive and eventually thrive. Farming, like most things in life, has a cost and a benefit. Due to this, Using a utilitarian and socially centered perspective changes to nature caused by farming would be viewed as damage only if they brought long-term costs to human society that exceeded the short-term food production gain. There are a lot of countries in the world. The environmental damage caused by farming in a country depends on what kind of a country it is. Highly …show more content…
We should however, revolutionize the green revolution by adopting region and plan specific methods to help all farmers. The green revolution was targeted to aid certain agricultural output, rice and grains. The green revolution has occurred. It helped those who it was intended to help. The countries that need development aid cannot benefit from the green revolutions practices because the type of agriculture helped by the green revolution is not the same as the type of agriculture practiced by those who our aid is intended to help today. The green revolution helped reduce the prevalence of hunger in Asia. Food became more abundant in the market place and more affordable for the poor. The green revolution also increased the productivity of farms resulting in more income for farmers. Criticism of the green revolution has been off base. Critics claim that the Green Revolution was bad for the environment. This is wrong. Many millions of hectors of land were left alone do to the high yield that was attained from existing lands. This was enabled by the developments made by the green revolution. There’s an ongoing debate amongst scientists, agricultural experts and political activists in regards to the Green Revolution and whether it has established positive or negative effects. Norman Borlaug, the founder of the green revolution, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for saving millions of lives from starvation. This award would not have been granted had there not been real tangible positive results. The negative that resulted from the green revolution was excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers. Governments subsidized the purchase of pesticides and fertilizers allowing for all farmers to get their hands on these chemicals and abuse them. For example in Mexico, from 1961 to 1989, fertilizer subsidies led to an 800 percent increase

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