Myths about “Green Revolution” abound, but there is one sobering reality that emerges in assessing the impact of the Green Revolution that was neither fully anticipated nor is it welcome. In a record short period of human history — approximately seven decades — the “Green Revolution” had the effect throughout the world of transforming agriculture from a solar-sustainable biological process to a petro-intensive industry which releases more carbon than it captures.
This is potentially suicidal for the human species. There is no such thing as a “post-agricultural” civilization, and if the human community cannot change the “Green Revolution” paradigm from a continuous growth metaphor to one based upon a solar-sustainable, soil-restorative agriculture the future prospect for human survival looks dim indeed.
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