Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Green Revolution

  • Andrew Flachs
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_567-1



The period after the Second World War witnessed major changes in the primarily agrarian peasant economies of Asia. Fueled in part by new agricultural technologies, systems of state support, and strategic alignments with capitalist or communist nations, governments in unaligned nations undertook massive projects in internationally supported agricultural development collectively referred to as the green revolution. This complicated process fundamentally changed agrarian economies by: (1) introducing input- and capital-intensive farming methods; (2) replacing agricultural labor with technology, thus moving people out of agricultural sectors while simultaneously creating markets in the industrial economy; (3) institutionalizing various elements of the development apparatus through international aid, research collaborations, and trade; and (4) expanding the role of the state in everyday life. This move...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA