Geopolitics and the Green Revolution: Wheat, Genes, and the by John H. Perkins

By John H. Perkins

over the past a hundred years, the global yields of cereal grains, equivalent to wheat and rice, have elevated dramatically. because the Fifties, advancements in plant breeding technological know-how were heralded as a "Green Revolution" in glossy agriculture. yet what elements have enabled and promoted those technical adjustments? And what are the consequences for the way forward for agriculture? This new e-book makes use of a framework of political ecology and environmental heritage to discover the "Green Revolution's" emergence throughout the twentieth century within the usa, Mexico, India, and Britain. It argues that the nationwide safeguard making plans efforts of every state have been crucial forces selling the improvement and unfold of the "Green Revolution"; while considered within the better scheme, this era may be visible because the most up-to-date bankruptcy within the lengthy historical past of wheat use between people, which dates again to the neolithic revolution. Efforts to reform agriculture and mitigate a few of the harsh environmental and social outcomes of the "Green Revolution" have in general been insensitive to the deeply embedded nature of excessive yielding agriculture in human ecology and political views. this crucial perception demanding situations these enthusiastic about agriculture reform to make productiveness either sustainable and enough for a starting to be human population.

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