Green revolution

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Green revolution

Wikipedia articles

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Revolution
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Revolution_in_India
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_security
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_Security_Bill
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._S._Swaminathan
  6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Borlaug

Other sites

Useful portal with articles on various topics in biological and environmental sciences

Organic / green farming

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_farming
  2. http://www.fao.org/organicag/oa-faq/oa-faq5/en/
  3. http://orgprints.org/10178/1/The_employment_benefits_of_organic_farming.pdf
  4. http://www.donlotter.net/lotter_organicag.pdf

Reference Books

One Straw Revolution is a well known book that discusses organic farming. Click here for downloading the book

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Key Idea #1 Green Revolution

Learning objectives

Understand the role played by green revolution in increasing food production Understanding the various components of green revolution


Notes for teachers

The Green revolution was initiated at a time when India was facing serious problem of food insecurity (insufficient production to meet demand). Hence the revolution is seen as a very important event, which helped India achieve food security. Though now the production of food is in excess of the demand expressed, however, even now, starvation or malnutrition is still not eradicated in India. Students can read more about the specific varieties of crops that were created/designed through agricultural research then

Activities

  1. Activity No #1 green revolution green revolution activity1
  2. Activity No #2 green revolution green revolution activity1

Key Idea #2 Challenges

The Green revolution has been a blessing by helping the country achieve rapid and dramatic increases in food production and productivity. However this has not been an unmixed blessing. The ill effects of the green revolution (excessive use of fertilisers, pesticides, ground water) is becoming more and more evident and this needs to be addressed.

The variety/species of crops has reduced and the 'high yield' varieties have become very dominant, this may not be good from a bio diversity point of view.

Learning objectives

Understand the negative implications/impact of the green revolution technologies Understand the importance of traditional and organic methods of agriculture

Notes for teachers

To make this topic more connected to students lives, they could be taken for interactions with local farmers to study if the technologies used are more capital/input intensive like the green revolution, or are more based on organic methods

Activities

  1. Activity No #1 green revolution challenges activity1
  2. Activity No #2 green revolution challenges activity2

Key Idea #3 Genetically Modified Food

GM (genetically modified) food is the recent technology seen by some as the method to increase food production, and to make crops less susceptible to pests. However, there are others, who see GM food as a danger, with unforseen implications for the environment and for the farmer community. While the chapter does not discuss GM technologies, it is useful to become aware of this concept.

Learning objectives

Be aware of technologies of genetic modifications to crops Be aware of the debates on the use of GM technologies in agriculture

Notes for teachers

This is primarily for awareness raising.

Activities

  1. Activity No #1 green revolution genetically modified food activity1
  2. Activity No #2 green revolution genetically modified food activity2

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