One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large increase in crop production in developing countries achieved by the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, and high-yield crop varieties.
- ‘GM food has the potential to bring with it the largest change in food production since the green revolution of the 1960s.’
- ‘Before the green revolution in the 1960s, everyone farmed organically, and there are still a fair amount of farmers who don't use chemicals simply because they can't afford them.’
- ‘Genetically engineered food was supposed to have heralded a second green revolution, producing more food and improving food and nutritional security.’
- ‘The green revolution, once full of promise, was based on ecological shortcuts such as the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.’
- ‘Just at that point, an Asian green revolution introduced high-yield varieties of rice, wheat and other staple foods to millions of farmers.’
2A dramatic rise in concern about the environment in industrialized countries.
- ‘In every country, the green revolution has been fuelled by economic growth.’
- ‘Diaz, Pitt and fellow stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirk Douglas, Harrison Ford, Selma Hayek and Jack Nicholson have all joined the green revolution and added a hybrid to their auto stables.’
- ‘McDougall argued that consumers' environmental knowledge is of paramount importance because the green revolution is primarily consumer driven.’
- ‘Every home in Scotland will be given a recycling bin under government plans to deliver a green revolution north of the Border.’
- ‘Their mission: to sow the seeds of a green revolution.’
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