From the Wall Street Journal:
The term “Green revolution” was first used in 1968 by former director of the U.S. Agency for International Developments William Gaud to describe a set of new technologies that had quadrupled yields in the developing world and reaped a record harvest the year before.
“We are on the verge of an agricultural revolution,” he told his peers at a meeting in Washington.
“It is not a violet Red Revolution like that of the Soviets, nor is it a White Revolution like that of the Shah of Iran. I call it the Green Revolution. This new revolution can be as significant and as beneficial to mankind as the industrial revolution of a century and a half ago.”
Now, as leaders debate how to combat record food prices and producers struggle to meet rapidly-growing demand, the world is looking for a new agricultural revolution. And some are beginning to question whether last century’s approach was, in fact, green enough.