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RESOURCES READING ASSIGNMENT 1a Advantages of the green revolution -effort to transfer latest advances in agricultural technology-such as new seed hybrids fertilizers pesticides and irrigation from developed countries to the developing world so the great Asian famine never happened -world grain harvests have doubled Disadvantages -might be nearing its peak -success depends on fresh water arable land which are now in short supply -some critics blame it for world poverty they argue that the new expensive technologies introduced to the developing world benefited a few wealthy landowners at the expense of poor farmers -hundreds of millions of people remain undernourished even as global food prices have steadily declined -it has contributed to the environmental degradation of the developing world through its heavy reliance on toxic pesticides and weed-killing herbicides b The gene revolution -genetically modified crops which can be made resistant to drought and soil acidity said to be suited to thrive among the conditions found throughout the developing world -biotech crops hold the potential to redress some of the environmental damage caused by the Green Revolution by minimizing the use of pesticides and herbicides -in developing world biotech advocates see GM crops not only as a way to put food on the table but as a means to help boost economic growth and alleviate poverty -it is very expensive one estimate claims the cost of bringing a new GM crop variety to market can range from 30 -50 million -the crops being developed are typically not food staples in the developing world such as rice but crops suited for the US and European market such as corn and cotton c For developing countries catch 22 of gene revolution technology is that the Third World countries that most need to develop GM crops cant afford the technology and corporations in the industrialized countries that possess the technology cant hope to recoup their high research-and-development costs and
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