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Cause of declining nutritional quality in India: is it biased Green Revolution?

 

Malnutrition affecting one in five Indians

45 percent of all children under age three in India are underweight – a higher average prevalence than in sub-Saharan Africa (UNISEF)

Despite vast improvements in the country’s economy, under-nutrition remains a challenge in India. While real incomes and real wages have increased, there has been an offsetting reduction in

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Green revolution and sustainable agriculture

…The Green Revolution contributed significatnly in technology transfer from developed world to poor countries. These technologies included improved crop varieties, irrigation methods and management, chemical fertilizers (mainly nitrogen and phosphate), chemical pesticides, management practices etc.
…The high yielding varieties needed high amount of water in frequent interval of irrigation and high dose of chemical fertiliser. While agricultural output increased as a result of the Green Revolution, the energy input to produce a crop has increased faster [2]. Therefore, the per unit of crops produced to energy input has decreased over time. Use of petroleum related agriculture chemicals (fertiliser and pesticide) and high energy need for irrigation made agriculture highly dependent on fossil fuel. So some of the fear of the Peak Oil theory also haunts agriculture…

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