Jill Richardson, who I work with via the US Food Crisis Working Group
(soon to be the US Food Sovereignty Alliance – check out the launching
on Oct. 16 World Food Day!) went to Mexico to see how well the new Green
Revolution was going for farmers there. You may or may not be surprised
at what she found!
The Obama administration's Feed the Future initiative promises a second Green Revolution that will feed a planet of nine billion people by doubling crop yields by 2050. But considering that we produce enough food to feed the planet today and a billion people still go hungry, are yields really the problem? And if they are, are providing Green Revolution technologies like hybrid and genetically engineered seeds, chemical fertilizer and pesticides to subsistence farmers the best way to achieve them? I visited subsistence farmers in Mexico to find out.