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The Green Revolution is an effort that has increased crop yields throughout the world since 1950 These high yielding crops are produced by planting monocultures of genetically altered plants and by using inorganic fertilizer irrigation water and pesticides in large quantities It is arguable that the Green Revolution is a total success even though it may be true that it temporarily improves the lives of millions of people The people of todays society are now seeing the harmful after-effects that it has and still is causing The first Green Revolution occurred from about 1950 to 1970 During this time period this phenomenon raised crop yields dramatically in most industrialized countries The economic activity increased in these countries due to the abundance of money which is circulating because of the export of food It was not long after the first Green Revolution that the second Green Revolution occurred in 1967 Now not only are the industrialized countries benefiting from this but the lower developed countries are too Dwarf varieties of wheat and rice are introduced These plants are specially bred to grow fast and have high yields An abundance of water fertilizer and pesticides are necessary for these high yielding plants to prosper In fact there was a 90 increase in world grain output in the 1960s due to this technique The success of these Revolutions is very short lived It did not take long before the populations grew to the limit of the food source and the food in the third worked countries became too costly The price of fertilizer pesticide and proper irrigation was quite high Another problem which occurred in some less fortunate countries is the pollution of the water supply Large quantities of pesticides and fertilizers are sprayed on the crop and any that did not go to the plants would settle on surface water or seep into the ground water Because the funds are not available to have water pollution
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