Geopolitics and the green revolution : wheat, genes, and the cold war

John H. Perkins

Cereal grains like wheat and rice are important, because they are the basis of most food supplies. Yields of such crops have increased dramatically during the past 100 years and especially since 1950, leading to what was often called the Green Revolution. This book examines why the United States, India, Britain and Mexico each sought to develop high yield wheat production. Although the increase in yield has been attributed to plant breeding science, security concerns and management of foreign exchange were prime motivators of the new technologies. This relationship has not been previously developed in studies of agricultural modernization, and will plague future efforts to make agriculture equitable and sustainable.

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  • 1. Political Ecology and Yield Transformation
  • 2. Wheat, People, and Plant Breeding
  • 3. Wheat Breeding: Coalescence of a Modern Science, 1900-1939
  • 4. Plant Breeding in its Institutional and Political Economic Setting, 1900-1940
  • 5. The Rockefeller Foundation in Mexico: The New International Politics for Plant Breeding, 1941-1945
  • 6. Hunger, Overpopulation, and Natural Security: A New Strategic Theory for Plant Breeding, 1945-1956
  • 7. Wheat Breeding and the Exercise of American Power, 1940-1970
  • 8. Wheat Breeding and the Consolidation of Indian Autonomy, 1940-1970
  • 9. Wheat Breeding and the Reconstruction of Post-Imperial Britain, 1935-1954
  • 10. Science and the Green Revolution, 1945-1975
  • Epilogue: Implications of History the Future

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書名 Geopolitics and the green revolution : wheat, genes, and the cold war
著作者等 Perkins John H.
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 1997
ページ数 xi, 337 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780195110135
NCID BA34118242
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国