bias toward wealthier and larger farmers is reversed through pro-poor alternatives like land reform and sustainable agriculture, which reduce inequality and make small farmers the center of an economically vibrant rural economy.”
Lastly, the Green Revolution has brought power to chemical companies such as Monsanto and DuPont. Issues surrounding their practices are perhaps the most controversial of all. Many of their practice surround biotechnology and the altering of seeds in order to yield desirable characteristics. For example, “Scientists are…developing a genetically modified strain of rice fortified with vitamin A that is intended to help ward off blindness in children” (Rosset). While some biotechnology might sound like a miracle, concerns for GMO’s are increasing. These concerns include: unknown risks of GMO’s, heath concerns, insufficient or inaccurate research, emergence of resistant weeds, increasing insect resistance, increasing levels of plant estrogens, and that GMO’s are not required to be labeled as such (Smith, 2009).
As I have gone over, the Green Revolution has many pros and cons. The Green Revolution fueled technologies that the world very much needed, but at the cost of declining human health and the escalating degradation of our environment. We must learn from both the positive and negative aspects of the Green Revolution and use them to lead us in the path of increased technology, yet sustainable and healthy technology.