The Pros And Cons Of The Green Revolution

The rising population in the world and the same amount of land to produce more food on is a major concern in agriculture. The Green Revolution in 1960 through 1970 was big step in the advancement of agriculture throughout the world. It helped increase yields, helped with soil erosions, and help feed the rising population of this world. Along with all this increase in yields, production, and efficiency also brings some short-comings. This much increased in machinery and fertilizer is helping in polluting a lot of the ecosystems around agriculture. There are a lot of positives in the Green Revolution but with that comes a lot of negatives. The green revolution helped increase production and yields throughout the world in 1960 through 1970. …show more content…
The land will always stay the same as the population grows. We are losing farming land to urban growth so this makes for a terrible problem. This lead to many improvements in agriculture for China back in the 1960’s and is still going on today. Fertilizing in China has increased from two million tons in 1961 to seventy million tons in 1998 (Tilman, D. 1998). This is a huge increase that has led to many improvements in rice and wheat across China. The increase in fertilizer has helped feed all of China because of the huge rice and wheat consumption in the country, when they can produce that much more it has helped with the poverty and food crisis throughout the country. To be able maximize the use of most of the land available to farm, irrigation Is a must throughout the world and in China. China irrigation use has increased from 87 million tons in 1961 to 176 million tons in 1998 (Tilman, D. 1998). This is a great increase that has helped feed all of China. If there was not the ability to irrigate the world would have trouble feeding everyone. Efficiency is also a big part of the Green Revolution. One thing that has helped China is the increase the amount of machinery being used in agriculture. Let’s take tractors for an example that have increased from .2 million in 1961 to 4.6 million in 1998 (Tilman, D. 1998). That many more tractors being used is that much quicker in harvesting and give them the ability to farm more acres and produce more food. All this stuff also has negative

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