The Green Revolution : An Exciting Time Of Extreme Increase Of Agricultural Productivity

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The Green Revolution was an exciting time of extreme increase of agricultural productivity during the mid-20th century. The average yields on farmlands increased immensely, especially for staple food products such as wheat, corn, and rice. The Green Revolution arose from scientific developments in plant science, such as artificial selection, and the new economic industry of agriculture. During this time of progress, food became a mass product, paralleling previous mass products in the earlier 20th century, such as Henry Ford’s model-T car. Overall, the quick, huge outputs of food allowed the overall world population to flourish by decreasing the amounts of malnourished people. Although the mass production of food during the Green Revolution brought great prosperity to the world by providing enough food to sustain the rapidly growing population, it came with a damaging cost to the fragile environment, decreased quality and safety of food, and the arrival of the poor economic food system with unequal distribution.
The Green Revolution was in fact a great example of mass production, as it can be easily paralleled with the mass production the took place in early American factories. Specialization of farmlands was implemented as the “Green Revolution encouraged the shift from small farms and diverse plants to large plantations and monoculture, or producing a single, homogenous crop.” This standardization of land allowed for mechanization, where farming machines perform all farm…

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