A Brief Look at the Green Revolution

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Seeking a prosperous farming lifestyle takes effort and ambition to achieve. Plowing farmland and planting seeds by hand are examples of what farmers cope with on the fields. These tasks are time consuming, labor intensive and not rewarding. To make matters worse, harvesting crops rarely gives farmers anything in return, which makes their work frustrating. Farmers who sacrifice their labor to a non-rewarding job is a serious issue in agriculture. Fortunate enough, an American scientist named “Norman Borlaug” found a solution to the problem by developing a movement termed the “Green Revolution” (Briney, 2008). Starting in the 1960s, this movement encouraged nations around the world to use “high yielding seeds and chemical infused fertilizers” to increase their productivity on farms, thus leading to a more rewarding lifestyle (Curran, 2013). Together, these materials made up the American way of farming, and the results made significant changes to agriculture. Farmers who adopted the American farming methods of the Green Revolution experienced immediate results from their farmlands. For example, during the 1960s, farmers from India participated in the Green Revolution by abandoning their traditional farming methods in exchange for American farming methods (Zwerdling, 2009). No longer were Indian farmers using “cow dung” as compost and growing usual crops such as “beans and vegetables” (Zwerdling, 2009). Instead, they used artificial fertilizers and high yielding seeds, such

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