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  1. Vol. 5 No. 1
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    Accepted: Feb 27, 2006

    * Corresponding author(s): thomas.dobbs@sdstate.edu
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Challenges Facing a Second Green Revolution: Expanding the Reach of Organic Agriculture

  1. Thomas L. Dobbs *a
  1. a South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007


“The word ‘revolution’ has been greatly abused, but no other term adequately describes the effects of the new seeds on the poor countries where they are being used. The technological breakthrough achieved by agricultural scientists foreshadows widespread changes in the economic, social, and political orders of the poor countries.”

-- Lester Brown (2), describing the “Green Revolution” in developing countries, in his bookSeeds of Change: The Green Revolution and Development in the 1970s

“The future for organic farming is uncertain. Much depends on the availability and price of fertilizer (especially nitrogen) and farm labor, produce-price relationships, the domestic and world demand for food, concern for soil and water conservation, concern for health and the environment, and U.S. policies toward the development and promotion of organic farming practices. Due to one or more of the above factors, it may be economical for some farmers to produce certain crops and livestock organically rather than conventionally.”

-- From the USDA's classic Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming (44)

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