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 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, "A water crisis looms for 270 million people as South Asia’s glaciers shrink," 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, "Amid droughts and floods, India’s tribal farmers rediscover the merits of indigenous crop," 11 Feb. 2020 But the green revolution doesn’t mean China is totally abandoning fossil fuels. Robert Horn, Fortune, "China Is Pushing its Green Revolution for Geopolitical Reasons, Not Just for Sustainability," 5 Sep. 2019 Get our daily newsletter This hardly threatens famine—something the green revolution abolished decades ago by boosting wheat and rice yields. The Economist, "Food is a fulcrum in Indian politics," 7 Dec. 2019 Like Uganda, Kenya awaits a proper green revolution. The Economist, "Better seeds could help African farmers grow far more," 28 Sep. 2019 The green revolution that transformed modern agriculture has generally increased its scale. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet," 27 Dec. 2018 Demand for some metals like neodymium and indium could grow by more than a dozen times by 2050, and there simply might not be enough supply to power the green revolution. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "We Might Not Have Enough Materials for All the Solar Panels and Wind Turbines We Need," 13 Dec. 2018 The Norwegian fertilizer company has been lauded for seeding a green revolution in Tanzania. Fortune, "SPONSOR CENTER," 7 Sep. 2017

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“Green revolution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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