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The Toxic Consequences of the Green Revolution

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The Toxic Consequences of the Green Revolution

  1. 1. Sandra Wamsley<br />The Toxic Consequences of the Green Revolution<br />
  2. 2. Four years ago, the Green Revolution made this country able to feed itself using modified seeds, fertilizer, and pesticides.<br />Now, the benefits of the Green Revolution are being weighed down by harmful consequences and chemical pollution.<br />India<br />
  3. 3. The Green Revolution gave India the resources to maximize their farming output, but the consequences of these chemical pesticides and fertilizers is polluting drinking water.<br />The polluted drinking water is causing cancer concerns in Punjab.<br />“The earth is now addicted to the use of these chemicals.”<br />The Green Revolution in India<br />
  4. 4. The chemical pollution has caused a rise in cancer as well as renal failure, stillborn babies, and birth defects.<br />These effects have been attributed to the overuse and misuse of pesticides and herbicides.<br />The problem is that rural farmers don’t know proper usage and disposal techniques.<br />Consequences in Punjab<br />
  5. 5. Organic farmers can sell their organically grown crops at more than twice the price, and get more profit because they don’t need to buy expensive seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides.<br />“The Green Revolution has devastated the entire ecosystem of our society.”<br />Attempts at a Solution<br />
  6. 6. Many farmers are trying to switch back to organic farming techniques in an attempt to salvage what’s left.<br />“What are your achieving by feeding people at the cost of their health?”<br />Attempts at a Solution<br />
  7. 7. Pepper, D. (2008, July 7). The toxic consequences of the green revolution. US News Politics, Retrieved from http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2008/07/07/the-toxic-consequences-of-the-green-revolution<br />Sources<br />

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