"The Toxic Consequences of the Green Revolution"

Posted on July 10, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Society of Environmental Journalists — Four decades after the so-called Green Revolution enabled this vast nation to feed itself, some farmers are turning their backs on modern agricultural methods–the use of modified seeds, fertilizer, and pesticides–in favour of organic farming. This is not a matter of producing gourmet food for environmentally attuned consumers but rather something of a life-and-death choice in villages like this one, where the benefits of the Green Revolution have been coupled with unanticipated harmful consequences from chemical pollution. As driving their actions, the new organic farmers cite the rising costs of seed, fertilizer, and pesticides, and concerns that decades of chemical use is ruining the soil. But many are also revolting against what they see as the environmental degradation that has come with the new farming techniques, particularly the serious pollution of drinking water that village residents blame for causing cancer and other diseases.”
 
Read the Daniel Pepper report from US News & World Report
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