Agricultural Gains Among Poor Nations
New Hope for Averting Future World Famine
Many experts on world food supply and population recently have begun to retreat from dire predictions of Malthusian catastrophe. Most, but not all, now voice varying-degrees of optimism about man's future ability to escape global starvation. The reason for their change of mind lies in the Green Revolution,1 a phrase gaining universal currency in describing a dramatic, even startling, increase in food raising' in such traditionally hungry countries as India, Pakistan, the Philippines and Turkey. New “miracle grains”—wheat, rice, corn and other staples—are yielding record harvests.
J. George Harrar, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, sees the Green Revolution as offering the possibility of “gradually eliminating chronic hunger, malnutrition and all-too-frequent famines from regions where they ...