Green Revolution

3. Green Revolution

Today when we talk about the Green Revolution it’s as an environmental response to corporate greed – a call to look after the planet.

Ironically that’s almost exactly the opposite of the first green revolution, which pretty much involved crop scientists improving on nature to coerce the planet into taking better care of people.

When the Green Revolution reached New Zealand shores in 1960 record we celebrated the record wheat yields grown on the flat plains of Southland and Canterbury. What few people realised at the time was that the bumper crops grown here were so selenium deficient they were deemed unfit for animal consumption – so – they fed them to people instead.

How did that work out? That’s the story of Just Cause and Effect – Selenium Deficiency in New Zealand. If you only read one book this year, this should be it.

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