VIDEO: The '50s and the Green Revolution

National Association of Scholars

The "Green Revolution" of the 1950s was a time of change in agricultural science. From the development of new types of crops to the use of chemical fertilizers and new methods of mechanical cultivation, the Green Revolution ushered in a new era of prosperity and food abundance.

What were some of the key results of the Green Revolution? How did it lay the groundwork for our modern system of food production and consumption? What have its results—economic, social, and environmental—been?

This event features John Perkins, a Visiting Scholar and Research Associate at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, a Professor Emeritus of Biology at The Evergreen State College, and author of several books; Mohammad Alauddin, the author of several books and an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Economics at The University of Queensland; and Robert Zeigler, an internationally respected plant pathologist and researcher, as well as the head of the Department of Plant Pathology and director of the Plant Biotechnology Center at Kansas State University. You can find links to the speakers' books by clicking here.

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