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.
- ‘Just at that point, an Asian green revolution introduced high-yield varieties of rice, wheat and other staple foods to millions of farmers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘GM food has the potential to bring with it the largest change in food production since the green revolution of the 1960s.’
- ‘The green revolution, once full of promise, was based on ecological shortcuts such as the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.’
2A dramatic rise in concern about the environment in industrialized countries.
- ‘Their mission: to sow the seeds of a green revolution.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Every home in Scotland will be given a recycling bin under government plans to deliver a green revolution north of the Border.’
- ‘In every country, the green revolution has been fuelled by economic growth.’
- ‘McDougall argued that consumers' environmental knowledge is of paramount importance because the green revolution is primarily consumer driven.’
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