Green Revolution and hybrid plants

Green Revolution and hybrid plants

Since the 1870s, hybrid plants have been produced to use desirable qualities to increase food production and quality. Organic chemistry identifies desirable plant qualities, translates those qualities to successive hybrids, and maximizes nitrogen uptake with chemical fertilizers.

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These advances led to the so-described ‘Green Revolution', beginning when Mexico first became self-sufficient in wheat production in 1943. Much of Asia's population was being fed by using new hybrid plants and soil nutrient chemistry by 1964.


American farmers are now embracing new kinds of hybrid plants, such as maize and potatoes, that secrete a pesticide in their leaves and stems.

Did you know?

Since the middle of the 20th century, for how long the Earth's capacity to feed the continuously growing population will last has been a serius concern. While there were around 2.5 billion people in the mid 1900s, the global population today (2011) has almost reached 7 billion.