Pros Of Green Revolution Essay, Research Paper
With the rapid growth of our global population
pouring into the next millennium, we will witness an ever-growing hunger
rate around the world. That is unless we call for a revolution on the global
scale. The Green Revolution which already sprouted in the early part of
the century only need to add a bit more momentum and we will see a bright
future for the human race, a future without hunger and starvation ¡V
It is becoming increasingly difficult for
the planet to support its overwhelming population. And since the amount
of arable land available is becoming scarce, we must seek ways to dramatically
improve crop yields of existing cropland. By implementing new farming techniques
provided with the new technological advances in machines we can see abundant
harvest in even the poorest third world countries. For example, the Green
Revolution has already showed admirable progress in the northern part of
India ever since it took start in 1950. By 1997, northern India increased
its grain production by 37 percent. This has proven that traditional farming
methods are being rendered obsolete. And because by the year 2000, there
will be half the land per person in developing countries as there was in
1970, we need to apply ultra-efficient methods to sustain the growing need.
Not only does the Green Revolution enhances
food output, it also preserves the environment. Traditional agriculture
requires massive forest and grassland removal to obtain land necessary
to farm on. Deforestation and overgrazing has caused erosion flooding,
and enabled the expansion of deserts. But with drainage systems, leveling,
and irrigation provided by the Green Rev, all this terra deforming will
unlikely happen again. We can retain clean air and lessen the global warming
effect caused by deforestation.
Many people argue that a revamp in agriculture
will be way too expensive and unrealistic especially for those poor farmers
in third world countries. However many times, they exaggerate the price.
In reality, farmers who take the first step in the revolution will most
likely succeed and will have more money to invest in further development
such as irrigation systems and wells and machineries. And since poverty
is caused by low productivity of food which results in over expensive food
prices, we can eliminate this problem by raising crop yields.
We don’t have much time and room to speculate
on this issue. The turn of the century is approaching quickly and so is
overpopulation. What we should be speculating on is how the development
process proceeds not should it proceed. The Industrial Revolution altered
the world one step ahead. The Green Revolution will take the next.