green revolution


Definition of green revolution

: the great increase in production of food grains (such as rice and wheat) due to the introduction of high-yielding varieties, to the use of pesticides, and to better management techniques

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Recent Examples on the Web The irony of iPhone-wielding anti-capitalists LARPing a green revolution is palpable, but their actions are representative of a broader trend. Andrew Follett, National Review, 30 June 2021 Ellinghorst agrees that sensibly used, these vehicles can play a big part in bolstering the green revolution. Neil Winton, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 Over time, India’s green revolution ended up inadvertently creating its own problems, Mr. Gulati points out. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2020 Heavy use of chemicals in the 1960s to late 1970s brought India out of famine and into its green revolution, but Singh’s village, Mari Mustafa, has high cancer rates. John Stanmeyer, National Geographic, 17 July 2020 The green revolution in the 1960s and 1970s brought even thirstier hybrid crops, along with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Brendan Hoffman, National Geographic, 16 June 2020 But in the long term, perhaps Covid-19 will be the kick in the pants that the world needs to escalate the green revolution and save us from ourselves. Matt Simon, Wired, 7 Aug. 2020 India finished the 400-mile Indira Gandhi Canal in 1987 to carry water and the green revolution from the Punjab south as far as Rajasthan’s Thar Desert. Brendan Hoffman, National Geographic, 16 June 2020 According to analysis by various experts, HYV seeds, which entered Indian fields during the green revolution, are less resistant to droughts and floods and need efficient management of water, chemical fertilisers, insecticides, and pesticides. Basudev Mahapatra, Quartz India, 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of green revolution

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Green revolution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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