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Can Economic Growth Be Sustained?The Collected Papers of Vernon W. Ruttan and Yujiro Hayami$
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Keijiro Otsuka and C. Ford Runge

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199754359.001.0001

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Controversy about Agricultural Technology

Controversy about Agricultural Technology

Lessons from the Green Revolution

(p.127) Chapter 7 Controversy about Agricultural Technology
Can Economic Growth Be Sustained?

Vernon W. Ruttan

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores lessons relevant to the controversy surrounding the biotechnology revolution. The development and introduction of high-yielding modern varieties (MVs) of wheat, maize, and rice in tropical Latin America and Asia during the 1960s and the 1970s was characterized as the Green Revolution. Critics of the Green Revolution argued that the gains in production of MVs would be counterbalanced by losses in equity and the new technology would make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

Keywords:   biotechnology revolution, high-yielding modern varieties, MVs, Green Revolution, new technology, wheat, maize, rice

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