Definition of green revolution in English:

green revolution


  • 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.’