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Geopolitics and the green revolution: wheat, genes, and the cold war

By: Perkins, John H.

0195355032 / 9780195355031
Ebook
338.16
22/01/1998
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337 pages

Cereal grains like wheat and rice are important, because they are the basis of most food supplies.

Yields of such crops have increased dramatically during the past 100 years and especially since 1950, leading to what was often called the Green Revolution.

This book examines why the United States, India, Britain and Mexico each sought to develop high yield wheat production.

Although the increase in yield has been attributed to plant breeding science, security concerns andmanagement of foreign exchange were prime motivators of the new technologies.

This relationship has not been previously developed in studies of agricultural modernization, and will plague future efforts to make agriculture equitable and sustainable.

BIC:

1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain, 1FKA India, 1KBB USA, 1KLCM Mexico, JPS International relations, KCN Environmental economics, KNAC Agriculture & related industries, PST Botany & plant sciences, TVK Agronomy & crop production, TVKC Cereal crops

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